Wednesday, March 11, 2020

A Summary of our Neighborhood's Salvation After the Storm, by Jason Sanford

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Thriller) The salvation truck came by after the hurricane to upload people to virtual heaven or hell, but Alma’s determined to keep them away from her daughter. (5,307 words; Time: 17m)

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"," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 03-04|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.118 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a cute premise: that mind uploads are possible, but most people can’t afford them, so they go with religious ones that come with strings.

Since I agree with Alma that this kind of “immortality” is a hoax, I fully understand her strong opposition to the salvation truck people, and it’s easy to root for her—even when she burns their truck.

Con: The church people are cardboard villains, bad in every way. They’re dishonest. They beat their wives. They try to take food from starving people.

If churches can afford these, why can’t individuals? Indeed, churches are wasting a lot of money immortalizing sinners. And the AI that decides what was and wasn’t a sin must be pretty powerful. And exactly why is it so hard to remove one of these Jesus stones?

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