Thursday, July 5, 2018

Unter, by Michael Cassutt

★★★☆☆ Average

(Near-Future SF) Drake earns money renting his body out to clients who want to be young and healthy again for a few hours. There are supposed to be limits on what the clients can do, but a bad experience makes him look deeper. (8,396 words; Time: 27m)

"Unter," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07-08|18, published on by .

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Pro: The description of what Unter is like works very well. It's easy to see why desperate people would do it, but it's also easy to see why Drake's mom hates that he does it.

Con: The idea that his problems are caused because an AI took a personal dislike to him is hard to credit. The ending, where Drake’s mom appears unexpectedly and rescues him, was totally unbelievable, and it made his role in the story utterly unimportant.

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