Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Algebra of Events, by Elizabeth Bourne

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A ship of very alien aliens crash lands on Earth and has difficulty with the natives. (2,177 words; Time: 07m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 108, published on .

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Pro: The idea of aliens who are naturally liquid and communicate by scent was interesting. The fact that they're planning to stay--and still don't realize how much damage they're doing--makes the ending chilling.

Con: It's hard to read more than a few paragraphs without something popping you out of the story. The math gobbledygook (e.g. "conjugation of a perfect irrational") will bother anyone who actually knows any math. The idea of a computing element (even a biological one) that is ruined simply because it produced a negative result will bother anyone who actually understands computers. And the idea that aliens could have any need for terrestrial bacteria will bother anyone who knows any biology.

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