Elizabeth Bear. No Decent Patrimony. (Asimovs February 2015)

asimovs1502A short look at a future in which a super-rich elite have longevity/immortality, leaving others on Earth to manage the economic and social consequences, and climate change. We see this through the eyes of a young man whose father, one of this elite, has been killed in an automobile accident – or was it an accident?

We follow the ethical issues, and see climate change consequences at first hand, as he is interviewed by a tenacious young reporter, and through his eyes look at the decision he has to make when he finds the truth about this father’s death (and his own origins) are revealed.

But the reveals aren’t big surprises, and the story lacks that little something.

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