“You’ve taken away what it means to be human. You won’t find that in computer coding.”
It was really hard to get something out of this story. There’s plenty of content, even religious/spiritual symbolisms, but it gets lost being so much stuffed into a short story. The plot and idea is intriguing, it just wasn’t carried out as well as it could have been. The major issue is the telling of the story vs. the showing of the story. There’s a lot of time taken up by character dialogue explaining situations instead of the author finding some way to show the situation without needing the explanation.
Adams really has a good story with good plot twists for a short story, but the execution needs a little work to become a really enjoyable read.