"The Last Tiger" by Joanne Anderton appeared in Daily Science Fiction on May 17, 2013. "An eccentric human cyborg adopts and becomes obsessed with the world's last tiger, also a cyborg."
Ms. Anderton offers a dark future, where the world is polluted, the sky is no longer blue, and humans have evolved (devolved?) into robotic mockeries of what they once were. Her human cyborgs are at once fascinating and horrifying. Her tiger represents the "animal" that humans have lost, at the price of the loss of our humanity. The ending, which I will not reveal here lest I spoil, is mind-blowing. "The Last Tiger" is a refreshingly original, masterfully written, most memorable tale that will haunt me for some time. 7 out of 7 rocket-dragons.
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