Saturday, December 10, 2016

The 10 Second War, by Michael Brookes

★★★☆☆ Average

(Alien Cyberwar) An alien AI arrives as a broadcast message and immediately starts infiltrating the local network. (5,153 words; Time: 17m)

"The 10 Second War," by (edited by Ian Whates), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2016.049 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The program's struggle to infiltrate the different systems and wreak havoc is tense, and we're not sure whom we're rooting for. For all we know, this is a system sent from Earth, although the description of the planet and its technology is certainly completely consistent with Earth.

Con: The author has a very exaggerated idea of how fact computers work. Only the simplest operations happen in nanoseconds, and operations between different machines can take minutes or hours, as anyone who ever downloaded anything large should know.

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