The best new science fiction for October 2021 — including a new collection of Stanislaw Lem stories – The Times

This is the confessional tale of a man who helped to create a company that, for a price, could tell you exactly when you were going to die. It did this by leveraging the discovery of thanatons, sub-atomic particles whose quantum entanglements can be unwound to reveal the precise moment of a human death. Sorting out which death is which, though, requires a certain affinity with “subjective mathematics” — a field of study that, as it is mastered, makes it increasingly hard for the adept to use, or even be around, computers and mobile phones.
No tech stays disruptive for ever, and now our hero (who spent his successful twenties behaving like an entitled dick) is scrabbling for clients and living out of his car.
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