Saturday, September 5, 2015

Biology at the End of the World, by Brenda Cooper

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In a future where genetic engineering is strictly forbidden, a young woman new to enforcement helps search space habitats for forbidden biology experiments. (11,402 words; Time: 38m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 09|15, published on by .

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Pro: Great descriptions of the habitats. The ethical dilemma between strict rules against any engineering vs. risks of new engineering is well posed: the history of actual disaster keeps this from being a simple argument about GMOs.

Con: However the resolution falls flat. Paulette is a powerless figure for 95% of the story. It's utterly unconvincing that she would have the power to make the final decision here. We know she's supposed to have had doubts all along, but the inner monologue that conveys that feels very artificial.

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