Karl Bunker. Ashes. (Interzone #251 Mar-Apr-2014)

interzone251After a ghost story to open the issue, a strong SF story.

It’s a bit downbeat – humanity is huddling in enclaves, following the ‘Dust Wars’, and with AIs getting to a level where they evidently choose to ‘wink out’ – some form of AI singularity perhaps. As the story is relatively short, a lot of this explained (not quite info-dumped) but there’s a strong core of humanity in the story as a young man has to dispose of the ashes of his lover. There’s a palpable sense of loss, and a neat Jim Burns illustration to the story.

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