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Rat (James Patrick Kelly's Story Pod)

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In a hard-edged cyberpunk future, a courier is has stolen a load of the most dangerous, most dazzling drug ever invented and is smuggling it into New York City. Pursued by a hired hit woman disguised as a young girl and a federally-appointed vigilante, he must find his way through the mean streets of Manhattan to his lair. He is ruthless, amoral, and a rat. Not just figura...more
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Published February 7th 2007 by James Patrick Kelly (first published 1986)
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Erich Franz Guzmann

This is story about a drug dealing rat. A drug dealing "Stuart Little" as James Kelly likes to put it. The Rat is my favourite anti-hero as of yet. The drug he sells however is one nasty substance! This drug is in a dust form called "Algerian Yellow." It is the most horrible drug, but with the most euphoric feeling there could possibly be, along with an hallucinatory joy ride. And all it takes is one single dose! And then there you go; heading down that dirty dusty road. JPK put's it best when h...more
Althea Ann
OK, so this is a fairly standard and unsurprising cyberpunk-ish drug-smuggling tale - where the main character happens to be an anthropomorphic rat. I'm really not sure why he's a rat. It's not explained. Is it supposed to be funny? All the other characters in the story seem human-standard. Go figure. Future. Drugs. Violence. Rat. Shrug.
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James Patrick Kelly (please, call him Jim) has had an eclectic writing career. He has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows. His short novel Burn won the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award in 2007. He has won the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette “Think Like A Dinosaur” and in 2000, for his nove...more
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