Humans being uploaded and living an entirely cerebral existence as a ship’s brain are well-established sfnal tropes. Ness effects a tropic inversion, by having hollow humans (those born with major brain defects) having technology inserted into them, to help humanity reach out for the stars. A neat touch, and touching, as the story is seen through the parents of one child who was lost to them at birth.
- K.D. Wentworth. An Alien Land. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2012)
- Lewis Shiner. Canto MCML. (Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2012)