Help me identify this sci-fi short story
March 20, 2014 10:33 AM Subscribe
Some time in the mid 1990s I read a sci-fi short story about an augmented individual hired to steal a password - I'm trying to figure out the name of this story and its author.
posted by komara to Writing & Language (9 answers total)
Here are the details I remember, and I hope I'm not conflating two similar stories:
The guy hired to get the password had some sort of surgical augmentation done to his brain - I think it was referred to as glass. He was small in physical stature so he looked younger than he really was, and he got himself hired in the house of the man whose password he was supposed to steal. I believe his job was to assimilate all information about the guy and compute what would be a likely password for him. The target is a hard nut to crack, but eventually ...
I'll say right now that I remember the ending but I don't want to spoil it here in case someone ends up reading this short because of the question.
I'm sure that once I know the author and story name I can find it online or get a copy of some anthology from my library but if you have a book source handy I'd love a link.