Friday, July 1, 2016

Fish Dance, by Eric Schwitzgebel

(Dystopia) After a near-fatal accident, the narrator gets a chance to return as an AI, but his real brain has to die first. (4,370 words)

Rating: 2, Not Recommended

, by appeared in the July 2016 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine (Issue 118), published .

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Pro: The real tension between Sarah, who doesn't want her husband to die, and Abe, who believes this is what immortality looks like gives the story most of its substance. It's sad that the narrator and Abe both betray Sarah.

Con: The stream-of-drugged-consciousness narration really doesn't work for me. Even without that, the story is very confusing. What does the Church get out of these AIs? A cool video game doesn't seem like nearly enough.

Abe's dialogue is extremely unnatural.

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