Thursday, December 24, 2015

Silence Like Diamonds, by John Barnes

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(SF) Yip, a software security consultant, works for her sister, Yazzy. She expects cases to be challenging, but not life-threatening. Until now. (10,000 words; Time: 33m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆, Needs Improvement
Recommended By: GDozois:5

"," by , appeared in issue 07/24/15, published on .

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Pro: The story treats the AI as a malfunctioning piece of software, not a person.

Con: The writing is poor, especially in the first chapters. Lots of as-you-know-Bob infodumps make it painful to read.

The plot challenges disbelief over and over, and the ending--where the AI isn't just shut down forever--entirely defies belief.

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