Saturday, January 23, 2010

Controlled Experiment

Novelette by Tom Purdom

A prisoner is experimentally fitted with a rage inhibiting device and released into a community. But someone seems to be trying to sabotage the program and end the idea of partially paroling life-sentence prisoners who due to medical advancement are now spending hundreds of years in prison. Since the police refuse to actually do anything, the elderly couple into whose care he has been released investigate for themselves.

Pretty good, kept exciting by the interspersing bits of diary from the hacker hired to carry out part of the attacks. Both the logical evolution of hacker culture and the budgetary and moral implications behind life sentences with expanding life expectancy will keep me thinking about this for a long time, but the ideas and the detective story aren't quite developed enough for me to love this. 3.5 out of 5.

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