Messenger (short story 2018)

May 16, 2019

 

Aliens attack Earth and India responds by transforming angry veterans into cyborg versions of giant piloted mecha. Each cyborg takes on the aspect of a Hindu god, for good or ill. Pensive and exhilarating by turns, reminiscent of Sanjeev and Robotwallah (see RTSF review here), Messenger is a moving exploration of which is harder: losing your wife and children or developing an experimental brain machine interface that can map a person onto a giant robot with six arms.  See Science Robotics summary of cyborgs in real-life and science fiction here.

 

- Robin

 

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