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Press Enter to Execute by Tobias S. Buckell

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Press Enter to Execute by Tobias S. Buckell is a horror story in scifi’s clothing. Sure, it wears silver-colored tight jumpsuits, but trust me, there’s something writhing under the zipper.

Non-Spoiler Summary:

A man (playfully called ‘the spam killer’) is hired to kill a spammer. Something goes wrong. Then another thing goes wrong. Then there’s a series of mind-blowing twists and now I’m afraid to check my emails.

What this story is about:

The Interwebs. A series of tubes. Anonymous. Spam, junk mail, email, superservers and a pinch of Google. Marianas Web. This story is essentially a primer to 21st century conspiracy theory. It takes everything we love (and fear) of the internet, our massive super-fast communications system and adds a whole other layer to it.

To be perfectly honest, I never had a soft spot for conspiracy theories. I always thought that they were just pop culture works that reflected the irrationalities of their time. But that was until I took a look at stories like this, stories that deal with our current irrationality and found that it actually hit home.

Tech stuff:

Word Count: 4,203

Written by:  Tobias S. Buckell, a Caribbean-born speculative fiction writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has published some 50 stories in various magazines and anthologies. His latest novel is Arctic Rising, coming out soon from Tor Books. Find him online at or on Twitter @tobiasbuckell.

Genre: Unsettling Science Fiction

Rated A for Awesome.

Abandon all hope, ye who read this:

By Line

A Greek Writer of Science fiction and Fantasy, who is currently writing reviews and posting his written work on his blog, called Shapescapes. There, he uploads his webcomic series, Aeternum, every Wednesday and has published his very first ebook on It’s got guns, cowboys, revenge voodoo and you can buy it for a buck! If you want to request a review or just contact him, his e-mail is


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