Monday, September 30, 2019

The Palimpsest Trigger, by David Cleden


(SF Horror) The alien Palimps can take memories away, and Marni works for one in the hopes one day it’ll erase his memory of how he let his little sister die. And he’ll do anything for that. (7,786 words; Time: 25m)

"The Palimpsest Trigger," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 283, published on by .

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Review: 2019.538 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Marni’s willing to do anything to ease his pain, even helping the palimp kill people. But nothing ever seems to be enough.

Con: In the conclusion, it’s unclear whether the girl really was Marni’s sister or if Marni just seizes on that explanation as a way to make his pain go away.

Why bother with programming a “meme” and then triggering it? If a palimp can get someone into a person’s room, why not just kill him there? It’s not like they’re trying to keep it a secret.

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