This story is a Sad Puppy recommendation for Hugo Best Short Story. It was published in issue #6 of Holdfast Magazine.

Alistair has been sent to a secret facility to sabotage the city’s AI, which is out of control. The story reviews the history of the AI’s takeover of City Hall and discusses its reasoning and methods. Terrified, Alistair looks for a way to complete his mission and get out of the facility alive.

This is still another philosophical work. I’d classify this one as literary as well as philosophical, as it includes social commentary and a subtext. It depends heavily on exposition and is low on characterization, imagery, etc., but makes up for it in what it has to say. I’d give it a medium score for originality, as it’s not saying anything really new or striking. It runs a bit dark.

Three and a half stars.