Saturday, April 2, 2016

Artifice of Eternity, by Lettie Prell

(SF) Sixty-eight years ago, Carl shot his best friend Deon. Recently, Deon died of complications, so Carl has to stand trial for Deon's murder. A trial Deon will show up for. (3,568 words)

Rating: 2, Not Recommended

"Artifice of Eternity," by appeared in the May 2016 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, published , by .

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

Pro: "So, Deon, do you think you're alive?"
"Objection! Speculation!"
Best. Objection. Ever.

Con: The story doesn't really end. We see the trial, and the trick, but not the outcome. Up to that point, the story has been entirely about Carl and the trial, so cheating us out of the verdict ruins the story.

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