Friday, December 4, 2015

Desert Lexicon, by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

"Meeting Infinity" by Dominic Harman
(Soft SF) The government offers freedom to prisoners who'll become cyborgs and spend 90 days destroying old war machines. (4,800 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★★☆, Recommended

"Desert Lexicon," by , was published on

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Pro: The story does a nice job of planting hints that Isyavan plans to recruit a team of war machines and bring them back with her. We know she was some sort of dissident. We know she helped design the cyborg systems. We know she has salvaged parts from each casualty. We know that some of the machines pick up "traits" from human parts. And we know she's hacked the system so the machines think she's a friendly. Well done!

Con: The idea that the machines pick up traits from people is rather weak. Isyavan is unlikable, and we don't really cheer her success at the end.

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