Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Alts, by Harmony Neal

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(Transhuman SF) StateCorp has made a fortune creating modified humans with animal characteristics. They take care of failures like Cat, but at a price. (4,907 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Alts," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 267, published on by .

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Pro: Given a program to create human/animal chimeras, it stands to reason that there would be a number of apparent failures, and that it'd be possible to learn from those--hence the compulsory program. Gene was obviously misclassified; as an adult, he's shown considerable ability. Cat has powerful abilities too, and we suspect they'd treat her like Gene, if she leveled with them, but we don't blame her for not wanting to.

Con: The villain is a corporate cardboard villain. There is no protagonist (Cat is just a victim) and no plot; things just happen. The story has way, way too many infodumps.

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