Thursday, November 21, 2019

As the Last I May Know, by S.L. Huang

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★★★☆☆

(Alternate Reality) Only one nation has nuclear weapons, but their rules against using them require that things be so desperate that the President be willing to kill a child to get the launch codes. (5,863 words; Time: 19m)

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Review: 2019.630 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It sets up a very nice conundrum; if the President is willing to kill millions, why would he scruple to kill a single child? But, of course, few people could do such a thing.

Con: What stops him from just recruiting a psychopath to do it for him? Given the war situation is so desperate, he should have no problem disregarding the rules requiring it be his hand.

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