Sunday, February 9, 2020

Each Cell a Throne, by Gregor Hartmann


(SF Drama; Zephyr) Phillipa Song tries to convince a dying aristocrat that the mind-transfer technology he wants to use is really a fraud. (5,932 words; Time: 19m)

"Each Cell a Throne," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 285, published on by .

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Review: 2020.065 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It does a very good job of summarizing the best arguments against mind transfer. However, for a dying man, I can see how it might seem to be worth trying anyway.

After all their arguing, it was sweet that he remembered her at the end with that anonymous gift.

Con: I had trouble identifying with either character. Philippa’s motive of caring for her brain-dead mother seemed entirely unworthy to me, and some super rich guy who plans to perpetuate himself wasn’t exactly whom I wanted to root for either.

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