REVIEW: “Whiskey Mud” by Jonathan Olfert

Review of Jonathan Olfert, “Whiskey Mud,” Radon Journal 2 (2022): 1-7 — Read online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.

Chalt is “a five-kilogram half-cybernetic brain capable of quick and easy transplant into specially printed bodies as per contract” — a distinctive choice of main character, even for an SF story. The bodies he (and Chalt is a “he,” no matter what body he wears) gets planted into are varied and diverse, more than just humanoid. In fact, there is a lot of time spent on describing the bodies, their limbs, their materials, their abilities, perhaps a bit more time than strictly speaking needed in what is otherwise a fairly short story. I could’ve done with a bit more story and a bit less description.