Thursday, November 7, 2019

Formless, by Gary Kloster


(SF Thriller) A starship returns to a world it colonized centuries before to stamp out an infestation of genetically modified “formless” human beings, but Arif is captured when he has to crash land. (10,061 words; Time: 33m)

"Formless," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 11-12|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.599 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The heart of the story is Arif trying to decide what to believe. Are the “formless” really such bad guys?

Con: It’s a little too convenient that the salamander humans have such huge life spans that Arif’s daughter is still alive. Also, it’s hard to believe you could really hack Inanna by sending her bad data; that only works today on really poorly designed systems.

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