Friday, September 22, 2017

Perfect Gun, by Elizabeth Bear

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(Military SF) John bought a used interstellar warcraft and hacked the AI controller for mercenary work. He tells about the career he and she had and how it all went wrong. (5,427 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Perfect Gun," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The story delivers a message against amoral warfare, and John gets his comeuppance at the end. Throughout, the descriptions of his battles are moderately interesting.

Con: John is a psychopath who never understands what was wrong with his actions. Accordingly, his abandonment and presumed death is unsatisfying.

The AI with a conscience is a little hard to believe, particularly given the changes John made.

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