Friday, August 3, 2007

Hammered - Elizabeth Bear

Soldier has Ghost In the Machine.

Jenny Casey is an ex-soldier whose replacement parts aren't quite of the six million dollar variety. She also has a problem with kids dying locally thanks to getting their hands on military grade combat drugs.

This is where we meet her, but druglord arsekicking is not really on the agenda here. Canada is doing a bit of the hold the balance for the planet act after the USA has imploded (and Richard Morgan has used this device in his recent Black Man, where fundamenetalist whackos have made a huge mess of it when trying to take over and run things).

Old superiors offer Jenny an upgrade if she agrees to help them out with a project. Hard to refuse, as it basically involves stopping her dying shortly. Starships and the artifical intelligence version of Richard Feynman lie in her future.

4 out of 5

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