Sunday, December 27, 2015

Prototype, by Sarah Langan

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(SF) The narrator is a recluse who lives with his dog, but today he's delivering a new sandsuit design to a colony in what used to be Las Vegas. (3,900 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★★★☆, Recommended

"Prototype," by (edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey), appeared in The End Has Come (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: There are all sorts of hints that the dog is really a human being and that the narrator is over a thousand years old, but it doesn't all come together until the end. That humans have been replaced with sterile, immortal cyborgs.

Con: As endings go, it's pretty grim. There's no one to root for or feel sorry for.

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