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The Moat - Greg Egan

Short Story


Number of words : 4200
Percent of complex words : 11.9
Average syllables per word : 1.5
Average words per sentence : 17.3


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 11.6
Flesch : 59.9
Flesch-Kincaid : 9.2


PEOPLE

Lawyer

Works at Matheson and Singh's on refugee work.

Ranjit

Brings a lot of work in to Matheson and Singh.

Jack Kelly

Fortress Australia guru.



Rachel

A forensic pathologist, his fiance.

Senator Margaret Allwick

Leader of the Green Alliance.


ORGANISATIONS

Fortress Australia

A racist group.

Matheson and Singh

His employer, a law firm who have refugee assistance as one of their specialties.

Law Society

Frowns on using AI to do legal work.


PLACES

Newtown

Suburb of Sydney.

Macquarie Street

In the Sydney CBD.

Berne

City in Switzerland.


TECHNOLOGY

LEX

Pseudo-intelligent software.


CONCEPTS

RFLP

Restriction fragment length polymorphisms – gene sequences.

Allwick Bill

The Senator's legislation, defeated.


PLOT

In an overpopulated and environmentally suffering Australia, racists groups and the Greens actually agree on something, refugees should be kept out. A bill is tabled to that effect.

A lawyer that works with a firm that does work for refugees has a fiance who is a forensic pathologist, and working on a rape case she has found something disturbing. Evidence of a person with different DNA. It would take wealthy to do something like this, but these people would be immune to viruses that attack normal humans. The implication being that this wealthy group could target the rest of humanity biologically via this method.

Later, the bill fails to pass, the leader of Fortress Australia is discredited as a criminal and no further discoveries have been made by Rachel, but the disturbing possibility awaits.


4.5 out of 5
Tags: genetics, greg egan, science fiction, short story
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