Thursday, November 21, 2019

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


(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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