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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Reviews of Digital Rights by Brent Knowles

Doug Pardee reviewed 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)
Krista D. Ball reviewed 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)
Carol reviewed 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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