Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities, by Lettie Prell

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(Alternate Reality) As Cole awaits sentencing, his mind visits parallel worlds with very different rules for crime and punishment. (2,858 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 124, published on .

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Pro: The real story here is Cole’s journey to accepting responsibility for his crimes. It’s a cute touch that Marco doesn’t exist. Either he was the voice of an angel or else Cole landed in a different reality from the one he started in.

Con: If we view his dreams as nothing but dreams, then there is no speculative element in the story at all.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. This was an interesting set of vignettes but wasn't very substantial.

  2. Agree with Mark. One question I was left with was what does it mean that his third victim is still his "current victim" even though he's apparently in prison and about to be judged.