Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Neanderthals, by Gardner Dozois

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(Near-Future SF) The narrator is a cyborg hitman, but the target is guarded by two Neanderthals, either of whom would be a challenge to defeat. (2,208 words; Time: 07m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Neanderthals," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 01-02|18, published on by .

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Pro: The hit man (gender unknown) takes out their targets—all of them—including this particular Neanderthal, who presumably killed someone close to him/her.

It was a cute twist that the Neanderthal switched sides, and I even felt sorry for him when he expressed disappointment that they wouldn’t be working together.

Con: We never learn enough about the narrator to make the story interesting. This reads like a taster for a much longer work.

Separately, the Neanderthal’s dialogue sounded unnatural to me—even allowing for him being a Neanderthal.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Quick, fun story. The narrator seemed like the "unevolved" thug here. Taking out his personal vendetta against one Neanderthal on them all.

    1. It's hard to write a story with a sympathetic hit man. :-)