This is the second time that a story in the anthology feels like the first chapter in a novel and not a full story. Just like the David Moles story it’s not bad, but the sudden ending that doesn’t resolve anything leaves a bad taste. Of all the stories here, Sterling’s is probably one that fits best my initial expectations of what the entire anthology would provide, which is some interesting near future scenarios of Japan.
This kind of thing is what Sterling’s been doing for years now: writing near future fiction that manages to incorporate the complexities of the places they are taking place, the politics, the people together with where things might be going (soon) and some believable near future technology into a sometimes irresistible mix. When he’s good, he’s on fire. This one isn’t one of these, but it’s competent enough.
But the lack of a proper ending is really bugging me.