Sunday, March 31, 2019

Cyberstar, by Val Nolan

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Horror) A religious order that specializes in human mutilation sends what’s left of a man into space to get God’s attention. (6,983 words; Time: 23m)

"Cyberstar," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 280, published on by .

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Review: 2019.159 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The best I can say about this story is that the protagonist does eventually come to his senses.

Con: The gratuitous mutilation scenes make it impossible to recommend this story.

Beyond that, it’s absurd even on its own terms. E.g., there’s no reason to remove someone’s eyes just to install a data storage system, human bones would make a very poor antenna, and it’s ridiculous to imagine that there’s some way to store intelligences in the sun’s magnetic field—much less that if you did it, the result would be visible from space.

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