Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Science Fiction/Short Story
Approximate word count: 5-6,000 words
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“Mark Anderson Smith has no belly button. He finds the tale of how he lost it too harrowing to recount and is sure it is not a false memory planted to hide his origins as a clone. Born and raised (he is quite certain of this) in Scotland, he has cried 'Freedom!' to border guards across Central Asia, but was only arrested twice, both times using his lack of Russian to great advantage.”
"Everyone knows who started it. Not many people know why. The case of Marjorie Carter was hushed up as fast as the government could manage, though their attempts were utterly futile. Still, they did succeed in quashing most of her history, wiping out her online presence, little as it was. Removing her identity from their databases... Almost able to deny she had ever existed... if it wasn’t for that video of her running naked from 10 Downing Street, July 21st 2020."
“Set in the near future, this science fiction short story imagines what might happen on the day we all have finally had enough.”
If your opinion of politicians could be described as a love/hate relationship, minus the love, this short story might be your thing. It immediately drew me in and kept me wondering where it was headed until the end. A quick and entertaining read with a little vicarious revenge that you'll never be indicted for.
Uses UK spelling conventions.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars