Tuesday, April 24, 2018

While You Sleep, Computer Mice™ Earn Their Keep, by Buzz Dixon

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Near-Future SF) The house computer operates a system of rat cyborgs which keep the house tidy and deal with little emergencies that sometimes come up during the night. (2,124 words; Time: 07m)

"While You Sleep, Computer Mice™ Earn Their Keep," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 05-06|18, published on by .

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Pro: This is an idea-based story, and it’s a fairly cool idea. The Computer Mice™ are fascinating, not to mention cute. The big fight with the common street rat is satisfying and bittersweet.

Con: I found the whole thing kind of gross, to be honest. Not sure if the author was shooting for horror-lite here, or if I’m just too squeamish about rats.

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