Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Fortunate Death of Jonathan Sandelson, by Margaret Killjoy

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Hacker SF) When someone murders the corporate executive Jae has spent the past year cyberhacking, the Feds come looking for her. (7,995 words; Time: 26m)

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 10/11/18, published on .

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Review: 2018.558 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: There’s plenty of action and excitement, all the way down to the epilog.

Con: The protagonist is a domestic terrorist, whatever her claims to the contrary. I spent the whole story rooting for the FBI to arrest her and RegeneraciΓ³n both. Lines like “A lot of people were going to live free because Sandelson was dead” are simply reprehensible.

Beyond that, it makes hacking look about as easy as mowing the lawn. If it were that easy, the whole Internet simply wouldn’t function.

The idea that you can program an AI with instructions like “to render ICE incapable of performing its duties; to perform this task without oversight in order to grant you plausible deniability; to perform this task without causing harm to any humans or non-human animals” is confusing AI with magic.

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