Tom Crosshill. Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes. (Clarkesworld Magazine #67 April 2012)

A sensitive story which … is online, so before you read further here, I’d recommend you read the story itself. It looks at a standard near future sf trope – uploading to a virtual world ‘instead’ of dying – but it does so just slightly different from many stories on the topic. Firstly because it is sensitive to human frailty, and hands well the protagonist’s relationship with his partner, and his relationship with his ageing mother, and his non-relationship with his deceased, but uploaded, father. It starts off with an intriguing line “Every day, Mom says goodbye to me for the last time” and engages the reader throughout.

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