Snake Eyes

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Author: Tom Maddox
Published: 1986
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,083 / 21 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 949
Added to site: 2007.08.11
mnybks.net#: 17907
License: by-nc-nd

This story was originally published in Omni Magazine, April, 1986; and in Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology,1986.

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"They want this simple thing, man, perphs, peripherals. You and me, we're just parts for the machine. Aleph, which is the Al in residence, has got all these inputs--video, audio. radiation detectors, temperature sensors, satellite receivers--but they're dumb. What Aleph wants, Aleph gets--I've learned that much. He wants to use us, and that's all there is to it. Think of it as pure research."

"He? You mean Innis?"

"No, who gives a damn about lnnis? I'm talking about Aleph. Oh yeah, people will tell you Aleph's a machine, an AI, all that bullshit. Uh-uh. Aleph's a person--a weird kind of person, sure, but a definite person. Hell, Aleph's maybe a whole bunch of people."

"I'll take your word for it. Look, there's one thing I'd like to try. What do I have to do to get outside ... go for a spacewalk?"

"Easy enough. You have to get a license--that takes a three-week course in safety and operations. I can take you through it. I'm qualified as an ESA, extra-station activity instruc

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Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
2013.10.14
Paulo Respighi
*****

A pretty good story marred by too many typos. It concerns a bioengineered Air Force pilot who was released from duty when his war was canceled. His bio-electronic brain implants used to plug into his plane, but now they're taking over his mind. He is hired by a corporation to give a physical body to their computer's Artificial Intelligence.

Nice characterizations (except the computer, who was dry,) and descriptions, and a satisfying, character-driven plot.

2010.01.28
jaqian
**...

Disappointing story, ends very abruptly.


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