Thursday, December 17, 2015

Article I, Section 8, Clause 11, by Ken Liu

(Military SF) In the near future, a US Senator finds a unique, nonviolent way to respond to apply pressure to trouble-making countries. (3,600 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended

"," by (edited by August Cole), appeared in War Stories from the Future (RSR review), published on by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: We've seen a similar idea in Poul Anderson's novel, The Star Fox. The twist that the Senator's own grandson is one of the "hackaneers" is cute, as is the unintended consequence of empowering the people in Taiwan seeking independence.

Con: It is very, very hard to believe this could really work. Not only is it hard to believe that the hackers would be that effective, it's also impossible to believe that the other countries wouldn't treat it as an act of war.

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