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  • Writer's pictureBriony Rose Smith

Shorter reads: In the Soft, Fragile Place Between Being

In the Soft, Fragile Place Between Being

(part of a larger anthology called Tales of Sorcery and Silicone)

Author: Terence MacManus

Pages: 16

Average reading time: 0.5hrs

(Average reading time is calculated at 2 mins per page)

Short Summary:

Jerry, who gave up his human body for a robotic upgrade a long time ago attends a party where his friend does the same.

The Good:

Carrying on from the idea in the last sci-fi story, Intelligentsia, this story continues to explore ideas about how far humans would be willing to go to escape pain and death. It's heavy subject but the presentation is solid and it was a good read.

The Bad:

This is the only story in this anthology so far where I've had to dip into the forward at the start to get a bit of context. There wasn't really much established about the POV character when we started so I struggled to get to grips with what was going on in the beginning.

The Conclusion:

A story that makes you think about where you want to draw your lines of humanity.

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