Parasitic by Roderick D. Turner


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Post February 09, 2014, 01:03:14 AM

Parasitic by Roderick D. Turner

Not bad. I like the idea of a "Fate engine" -- great name for a nasty device. Cool high-tech equipment they have, too.

Trouble is, I can't help thinking of what really ages people: that thing about telomeres, and how each time a cell regenerates, it loses one of its allotment, like the nine lives of a cat. So, part of me balked at that, but what the hell, if they can walk through walls, I'm sure they could swap a few tiny bits of cellular matter.

Nicely done; short and speedy.
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Post February 28, 2014, 03:40:58 PM

Re: Parasitic by Roderick D. Turner

Hi Roderick,

I really enjoyed this story. I thought the tech and hacking elements gave it a slight cyber-punk feel. The details of the infiltration were well done with a good level of tension, but because the infiltration was the focus through most of the story, I think the revelation of what Virio was up to, and the Fate engine could have maybe used a little more set-up, maybe more foreshadowing of its consequences earlier in the story. That's just my reaction from one read through though, so take it with a grain of salt. I do like how you wrapped everything up with the relationship between Andrew and Selene, and her exposure to the device and possible loss of life really made for a nice ending with just a touch of bittersweet.

Great job.

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Post March 01, 2014, 05:15:58 PM

Re: Parasitic by Roderick D. Turner

I loved this piece. It has an original angle on a scifi building block from the golden age. I hope to read more from this author in the future.
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