Friday, December 4, 2015

Rates Of Change, by James S.A. Corey

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(Hard SF) A fun story about a near future where doctors can transplant your brain into a designer body, and a woman whose son nevertheless manages to sustain life-threatening injuries. (4,900 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average
Recommended By: GDozois:5

"Rates Of Change," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in Meeting Infinity (RSR review), published on by .

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

Pro: The primary arc is about Diana waiting to learn if Stefan is going to survive. Once he's out of the woods, the story concludes. But it's also about Diana refusing to come to terms with the new technology. The story gives her space for it, but she doesn't change her mind.

The interaction between Stefan and Diana is touching and does a fantastic job of reminding us that Stefan is just as human as anyone, despite existing as nothing more than a brain and spinal cord.

The body-replacement technology feels very real.

Con: The story unrolls in a linear way with no foreshadowing and no real surprises.

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