Jason Sanford. The Ever-Dreaming Verdict of Plagues. (Interzone 236 Sep-Oct 2011)

A sequel to ‘Plague Birds’ from Interzone last year (Best SF Review), following Cristina de Ane and her blood-borne (and blood-let) AI, who travels the countryside dispensing justice.

At the moment of dispensing justice on a woman guilty of infanticide, a piece of knowledge comes to light that suggests that she, and, more worryingly, her AI, are making decisions based not on the true facts. It’s a worrying situation, and the story revolves around just what the local village AI is up to, and how it is attempting to persuade the village humans, genetically modified with animal DNA, to achieve its vision.

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