Monday, November 28, 2016

Visible Damage, by Stephen Graham Jones

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(Cyber SF) Raz is a professional hacker, and he accepts a very retro commission with very serious risks. (3,695 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Visible Damage," by (edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: I liked the idea that the AI manages to trap the hacker inside his own mind and that the whole story is one cycle through the loop.

Con: The computer terminology is really, really bad. For example, ASCII graphics refers to creating a picture from letters of the ASCII alphabet rather than pixels. It has nothing to do with "uncompiled code" or even with computer programming.

That plus the heavy use of jargon that goes unexplained makes the story painful to read.

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