Saturday, December 16, 2017

Endless City, by David Gerrold

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(SF Mystery) The hard-boiled narrator runs investigations in cyberspace and reality. This time they’ve got a murder to solve, and it’s proving a challenge—even though they saw it happen. (9,742 words; Time: 32m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Endless City," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|18, published on by .

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Pro: The cyberspace setting and the narrator’s ease in navigating it are the best parts of this story. The similarity between the narrator and the hard-boiled detectives in Raymond Chandler stories is amusing. And they do solve the murder.

Con: Where are the police in all of this? We know there are governments around because the Jumble is identified as a place where there is none.

It’s not clear why the identity changing works as well as it does. You’d think a service like Miranda would easily connect the different identities together.

Speaking of Miranda, she’s a little too powerful and removes a lot of uncertainty from the story.

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