Nick Mamatas. North Shore Friday. (Asimovs, April/May 2011)

Intriguing first story from Mamatas to pass my eyes.

It’s the mid-1960s, and Greek immigrants are being illegally smuggled into New York through Long Island, and its a cat and mouse game between the Greeks and the authorities. Except that in this story the authorities have full-time, large scale brainscanning in place.

This conceit enables Mamatas to provide a refreshingly different narrative, where we do literally get into the minds of those involved on one particular night, and the text is broken up by the random throughts being picked up by those in charge of the scanning equipment. Mamatas also keeps it simple, not overdoing the brainscanning, and making it a clever adjunct and element to the story, rather than contriving a more complicated plot hinging on the technology.

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