Digital Rights

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Izzy's new job aboard a solar station orbiting Earth becomes more complicated when she begins receiving cryptic messages from a ghost.
This story was a winner in the "L Ron Hubbard presents the Writers of the Future" contest, and first appeared in Writers of the Future Volume XXVI.

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About Brent Knowles

Brent Knowles is a writer, programmer, and game designer.

He worked at the role-playing game studio BioWare (Baldur's Gate 2, Neverwinter Nights, Jade Empire, Dragon Age) for ten years, during most of which he was a Lead Designer/Creative Director.

Now he writes full time.

He has been published in a variety of magazines including Neo-Opsis, On Spec, and Tales of the Talisman.

In 2009 Brent placed first in the third quarter of the Writer’s of the Future Contest.

He is also a member of SF Canada: Canada’s National Association for Speculative Fiction Professionals

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Review by: Doug Pardee on June 15, 2011 :
A good sci-fi/cyber story with an interesting heroine. Well-enough written for the overwhelming majority of sci-fi readers, and cleanly edited.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Krista D. Ball on May 12, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had the right mix of science fiction (robots, set in space, creepy quasi-'net) with the psychological mind tricks that outstanding harder science fiction should play with your mind.

The science easy to follow after about page 4 or 5, once I managed to adjust my imagination to Knowles's particular setting. The only thing I struggled with was trying to picture the "Assistants", but I opted to picture them as quasi human-looking robots. I'm not sure if that's what the author intended, but it worked for me.

For those who are afraid to jump into harder science fiction, Digital Rights provides a good introduction. The benefit is its length. A longer story would have become too bogged down, I think. The length works in its favour.

There are books that make a reader think, "I could have written that." Then, there are books like these that make a reader sigh and say, "I wish I'd written that."

One of my favourites for 2011.
(reviewed 54 days after purchase)
Review by: Carol on April 15, 2011 :
Obvious to see why this won a contest. Excellent world-building in a novella. Good heroine, interesting plot.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
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