Weather • 2014 • Posthumanity SF short story by Susan Palwick


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.


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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