Reed takes a Microsoft/Apple=type rivalry and extrapolates it to a horrific bloodbath. A bucolic wedding day opens the story, with the beautiful, enhanced daughter of one of two mega-billionaires being wed. When a massacre unfolds, it looks like the work of the rival mega-billionaire.
But as the story unfolds, as seen through the eyes of several characters, it’s not quite as simple as that…
The story looks at motivations, and hidden strengths, and is a page turner, and the only real issue is that there weren’t more pages to turn.
More from this issue of Asimovs here.
More stories by Robert Reed (lots of ’em!) reviewed here.