Robert Reed. Stalker. (Asimovs, September 2011).

A dark and disturbing story, which you can imagine Reed working through in his mind whilst doing his long-distance running.

He looks at the darker side of technology, or rather the darker uses to which technology might be put. The POV character is an artificial intelligence, commercial AI wetware used to help humans. In the case of this AI, certain functions have been edited out, to the extent that it can remained detached from what it’s owner is doing, and retain its primary need to serve. And his owner uses him to assist in his psychopathic activities, which we find out about in scary detail I’ve not come across since reading Silence of the Lambs some while back.

When a new victim starts to fight back, the psychopath and his AI are both given pause for thought. A tight, unsettling thriller.

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