Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Playthings, by Stephen L. Burns

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(SF) In a caste-based future officer John Blank investigates a serial killer whose victims seem to have mysterious connection to upper-caste people. (9,903 words; Time: 33m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
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"," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 04|16, published on by .

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Pro: The "Cop Ascetic" drugs are supposed to make Officer Blank uncritical of certain social policies, and this really comes through; his first-person narration does sound drugged.

Con: It's hard to believe in a society that harvested the children of its lower classes in such numbers. Particularly when we know there's an organized resistance. It's also hard to believe they don't have B or even A-caste cops investigating this rather than leaving it to a D-caste one.

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