By Rich Larson (born 1992).
Illustration by Scott Bakal (HERE).
Edited by Ellen Datlow (born 1949; HERE).
First appearance: Tor.com, June 6, 2018.
Reprinted in The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year: Volume Thirteen (2019).
Short story (22 pages as a PDF).
Online at Tor.com (HERE).
(Parental warning: Strong profanity.)
"A futuristic murder mystery about detective partners—a human and an enhanced chimpanzee—who are investigating why a woman murdered an apparently random stranger on the subway."
For Cu, what begins as a simple murder case becomes a search for her own identity . . .
~ Nelson J. Huang:
"A biolab businessman, San Antonio–based. It’s possible that someone with a personal vendetta knew he would be in Seattle and began laying the groundwork for his murder . . .
It’s more likely that he was selected at random from the crowd, so someone half the world away could experience homicide vicariously before abandoning her mentally-unstable echogirl."~ Elody Polle:
". . . recently murdered a man, and we don’t think she picked her own target."
~ Lyam Welsh:
"Not a bomb or anything. Nothing illegal or weird or anything. I swear. You can go look.
It’s all in the container."~ Daudi:
"I was inadequate for her. I couldn’t give her what she wanted."
"I Cannot Commit Crime. I Have Had No Personhood Trial. I Never Will. I Will Leave
Before They Find A Way To Trap Me Here."~ Al Huxley:
"Do cams, or something. These people are control freaks. They’ll suck you right in."
". . . takes the handgun from its holster and breaks it down. Reassembles it. The trigger
fits perfectly to the crook of her finger, but she has only ever pulled it at a shooting range, aiming for holograms."
How familiar are you with the following?
~ "Faraday shield" (HERE).
~ "an MDMA derivative" (HERE).
~ "facial recognition software" (HERE) and (HERE).
~ "Uplift" (HERE).
~ "the Turing Line" (HERE).
~ "drone deliver" (HERE).
- Links to other stories by Richard William Larson can be found on his website (HERE); also see his ISFDb bibliography page (HERE).
- For more about simian personhood, see Wikipedia (HERE), and what's known about their intelligence (HERE).