Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Last to Die, by Rita Chang-Eppig

★★★☆☆ Good Start

(Transhuman SF) The arrival of a glass woman and her mute human companion disrupts the peaceful island life of the handful of humans who can’t or won’t upload to cyberspace. (5,913 words; Time: 19m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 160, published on .

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Review: 2020.033 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story nicely sets up the conflict between the lively island people and the sterile cyberspace ones.

Con: Once we know what’s going on, the story just ends. Is this supposed to be the intro to something longer?

I always have the problem with mind upload stories that I don’t believe most people would feel they were doing anything but creating a copy and letting their real selves die. At a minimum, I’d expect a decent cohort (millions at least) who, for whatever reason, just refused to consider it. These communities should not consist solely of the elderly.

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