Override (1973) by George R. R. Martin

A uniquely creative, very provocative, and damn enjoyable science-fiction short story. Martin is very skilled at sketching his characters with nuance, and in this period of his career, he could do it with extreme brevity too. The worldbuilding is mighty fascinating, the whole concept of “corpse-handling” is very creative and strange.

Martin is very skilled at sketching his characters with nuance, and in this period of his career, he could do it with extreme brevity too. The worldbuilding is mighty fascinating, the whole concept of “corpse-handling” is very creative and strange.

The worldbuilding is mighty fascinating, the whole concept of “corpse-handling” is very creative and strange.

I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the planet – Martin made clear, in very few pages, why the protagonist would be oddly drawn to fighting to stay there.

I give it three corpses, and an override box.

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