Monday, December 3, 2018

Zero Day, by Sheldon J. Pacotti

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Near-Future SF) An airforce cyber hacker on leave from fighting the war with China chases after a young woman he met on a bus. He just picks the wrong night to do it. (6,004 words; Time: 20m)

"Zero Day," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 278, published on by .

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Review: 2018.677 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The account of the impact of the cyberwar is well done. Step by step we gradually realize just how bad it is, even though for the most part life goes on.

Con: The protagonist is a creepy stalker who abuses his authority and gets away with it.

Beyond that, it’s hard to believe that attacks that crashed so many airplanes wouldn’t kill thousands of people and result in a much bigger military response.

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