Thursday, November 15, 2018

Master Brahms, by Storm Humbert

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Horror) A man surrounds himself with his own clones and has to deal with the problems when one is murdered. (5,239 words; Time: 17m)

"Master Brahms," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 114, published on .

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Pro: The twist that even the narrator isn’t the original—that the original was the actual murder victim—was cute, even if I saw it coming. I liked the idea that each of the synths were designed to believe it was the original, so even being told the truth wouldn’t make much difference; within a few days, the synth would believe it was the one who told the other one it was the original.

Con: The whole story rests on the idea that clone of you would actually be you. But they’d just be like identical twins. Nor would they magically be your age. I couldn’t get past that.

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