This was a very satisfying read. The cold, professional killer story has been told so many times it must be difficult to find a fresh take. I liked this one. By John Twelve Hawks.
In reality, the universe is neutral about our existence. Only dogs care.
A Vast Machine watched and evaluated them, remembering their past actions and predicting their future behavior.
All language –everything we say– is just an approximation of reality.
Most conscious thought is simply an attempt to claim ‘authorship’ for a choice that has already been made. Our thoughts are just an ongoing attempt to explain what we’ve already decided.
Lying, not love, is the fundamental indication of humanity.
The laws of mathematics are stronger than the laws of man.
True ideology has vanished, replaced by fear and fantasy. The right wing wants corporate control and a return to a past that never existed. The left wing wants government control and a future that will never exist.
Our problem is not machines acting like humans — it’s humans acting like machines.
What happens in our future can change the meaning of what has happened in our past.