Monday, September 21, 2015

Emergency Repair, by Kate M. Galey

Lightspeed Magazine, June 2015; 2,900 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Narrator desperately takes one of her androids apart in a race with time to save her lover's life.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

The natural tension from the clock ticking gives the story real energy. We're also eager to learn exactly what went wrong, and the author keeps feeding us little bits at a time, rather than dumping it all at once. It's appropriate that we don't find out whether the experiment worked.

One would expect that the government would insist that the inventor work full-time to try to stop the android army. It's not realistic that she needed to flee from justice in order to do private, secret research, nor is it likely that a single person, deprived of a staff, could accomplish much.

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