Monday, June 18, 2007

The Good Kill

SciFi Wire talks to Barry Longyear about his story, "The Good Kill," which involves artificial animals with human intelligence and cloned bodies.
"The Good Kill" asks, "What if a fox amdroid carried a human engram imprint?" Longyear said. "It would no longer be a 'fox,' that is, a 'dumb animal,' as far as the prohibition against fox hunting went," he said. "And if the Fox amdroid copied his engrams before each hunt (like quick-saving a video game), and copied into a new fox 'meat suit' after those times he got killed, he could be torn to pieces and come out of the experience each time alive and a good deal wealthier. But then the fox's partner was killed, and it looked like it might not have been an accident."
The story, published last November, won the Analog Analytical Laboratory award for best novella. The story was the first in Longyear's Jaggers & Shad mystery series.

(via the Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler)
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