Weather • 2014 • Posthumanity SF short story by Susan Palwick

Synopsis

Human minds can be scanned into cyberspace, communication with the dead is now possible. The story follows Dan, whose daughter Rosie is dying – he wants to meet her one last time in real life but is hindered by a snow storm on his way from Reno to Sacramento. He stops by a couple who lost their daughter just before “translation” was technically possible. The tension is unbearable.

Review

The impacts of scanned minds is not exactly new, and I found the descriptions weak in comparison to other works, e.g. “Altered Carbon” by Richard K. Morgan or “Pandora’s Star” by Peter F. Hamilton. A story should draw out more of that topic than whiny childdeath.

Meta: isfdb. This SF short story was published September 2014 in Clarkesworld. I read it as part of The Year’s Best SF #32. It is available online.

 

 

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