Saturday, May 21, 2016

Murder on the Cislunar Railroad, by Christopher L. Bennett

(Hard SF) Zachary investigates cybercrime, and when his partner is murdered, he suspects a group of sophant-rights activists, who seek equal rights for AIs. (7,806 words)

Rating: 1, Interesting, but Needs Improvement

"Murder on the Cislunar Railroad," by appeared in the June 2016 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, published , by .

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

Pro: The concept that an AI couldn't really be copied without damaging it (not unreasonable in QM terms) gives this story a solid, hard SF feel. Athena's strong arguments on her own behalf are a high point.

Con: The writing is off. The whole story is dominated by editorializing, unnecessary infodumps, and as-you-know-Bob explanations.

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