Thursday, June 22, 2017

An Evening with Severyn Grimes, by Rich Larson

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(SF Thriller) After terrorists spring her from cryo-prison, talented hacker Girasol goes into cyberspace to help them target the rich businessman who put her in prison in the first place. (7,216 words; Time: 24m)

Rating: ★★★★★ Exciting, Gripping, Touching

"An Evening with Severyn Grimes," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07-08|17, published on by .

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Pro: The beauty of this story is the way her agenda and Grimes’s agenda interact. Once we understand that Grimes is wearing her son’s body, we understand her motivations entirely, but from there the fun is watching it all play out.

Grimes is tired of life. The boxing match doesn’t excite him. Nothing does. This chase, this adventure is the most fun he’s had in years. This is key to understanding his motivations.

So why does Girasol change her plans and let Grimes live? I think the answer to that is Finch.  Finch has real loyalty to Grimes, for some reason, but, more important, Grimes saves her life by giving her the “Atticus” code that make Finch trust her. She returns the favor by changing the plan and saving his life too.

At the end, Grimes decides he’ll go with a clone body after all, and he blocks the police from tracking down the Fletchers. Part of what makes this change of heart believable is that his contract with Blake wasn’t totally one-sided. In exchange for fifteen years of his youth, he gets enough money to live comfortably the rest of his life. One can argue that that's a better deal that you get at most startup companies today!

Con: Girasol takes a heck of a risk letting Grimes live. It stretches disbelief a little.

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