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The dataSultan of Streets and Stars

By Jeremy Szal
Aug 3, 2019 · 6,904 words · 26 minutes

Galata, Istanbul

Photo by Anna via Unsplash.

From the author: A hacker with a price on his head returns to Istanbul to retrieve rogue AIs involved in a massacre. Only, the AIs have grown more intelligent (and mystical) than anyone thought possible.


The alien slams me up against the station walls so hard I think he’s broken my spine. If I didn’t activate my arm-bands of my skinsuit in time to cushion the impact he might have. I try to squirm out of his grasp but it’s like pushing against an iron wall.

I throw my hands up. “You win. Just let go of me.”

His grip tightens. “Try to run again and I will snap your neck, Bohdi.”

I’d planned on darting away as soon as he released me, but now I think the better of it. I’m a short, scruffy guy and...

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