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Antibodies

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Author: Charles Stross
Publisher: Interzone, 2000
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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Sturgeon Award nominated short story.

Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when one of the great and the good is assassinated. You can kill a politician, but their ideas usually live on. They have a life of their own. How much more dangerous, then, the ideas of mathematicians? The announcement of the solution to the traveling salesman problem heralds the imminent destruction of humanity. No more salesman; no more problem.

The story begins when a computer programmer is notified by RSS feed that all NP-complete problems lie in P, and thus computer encryption is forever compromised. Knowing the disaster for what it is, he flees, but with this being such a hard take-off, he might not make it.

Antibodies originally appeared in Interzone, #157 July 2000. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighteenth Annual Collection (2001), edited by Gardner Dozois and A.I.s (2004) edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. It is included in the collection Toast: And Other Rusted Futures (2002).

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