Saturday, June 15, 2019

Skinner Box, by Carole Johnstone

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Thriller) Evie has decided to get rid of her abusive husband, but on a space ship in the asteroid belt, that’s easier said than done. Especially if she wants to get away with it. (11,037 words; Time: 36m)

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Review: 2019.344 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a nice puzzle trying to figure out what’s really happening among these people trapped together on their ship crossing Jupiter’s orbit. The title somewhat gives away that the vehicle itself is a skinner box, particularly when we see Mas administering pleasure and Don administering pain.

Con: This has got to be the most expensive, impractical way to try to train a cyborg. Why did they need a spaceship at all? And what ultimately came of it?

The sexual abuse scenes seemed gratuitous.

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