Monday, March 30, 2020

The Sniper and I, by Rich Larson

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Military SF) Dwet has come to New Warsaw to evaluate a special kind of sniper—an augmented human with neural connections to a special kind of rifle. (3,463 words; Time: 11m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 299, published on .

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Review: 2020.159 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: A decent Military SF piece, with plenty of shooting and a few surprises. The sniper’s abilities are incredible, but ultimately the cost imposed on the human mind (and maybe the AI) is too great.

Con: There’s no tension; somehow I was always sure neither Dwet not the sniper was ever in danger. Perhaps it’s partly because we learn nothing about Dwet as a person so his/her loss wouldn’t mean so much to the reader.

It seems odd that they sent this unit into the field without better testing. And it’s odd that this was (apparently) the only one built.

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