Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Green Man Cometh, by Rich Larson

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(Post-Apocalypse) 22-year-old Eris flies a cab in the City. A stranger pays her to elude a follower, and she gets caught up in intrigue. (12,658 words; Time: 42m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: RHorton:4

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 120, published on .

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Pro: A nice thriller, with lots of tension. In addition to the primary plot, there's a subplot about Eris and Kit developing respect for each other, and, in the process, we come to know and like both of them.

The City and its technology are both very well-described. The place seems very real to us, and the technology all hangs together logically, for the most part.

Con: Schorr is a cardboard villain. A disease that kills 100% of people is difficult to believe in, especially if it's waterborne.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Whoo! This one was a lot of fun! Also you rated it 3 but have it labeled as 4. Just so you know.

  2. Also, do you see a trend of stories by Rich Larson about people taking over each others bodies? Like in Jonas and the Fox earlier this year. The prosthetic body parts are another one of his tropes

  3. Human augmentation is certainly something he explores a lot, as in "Edited," "Sleep Factory," "Meshed," "Ice," and "Going Endo."