Saturday, October 10, 2015

Daily Teds, by Ron Collins

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, April 2015; ~5,500 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Fun story about Ted, a slacker grad student in physics who discovers that his professor's "gamma gun" has unexpected properties.

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

Pro: The story is only mock-serious--it's clearly meant to be light-hearted. Some of the physics is quite serious, and the silly bits are clearly meant to evoke a smile. The arguments between the daily TEDs and the AV are amusing, as is the attempt to prove that the copy of the cat is the same cat.

Con: Even with his earliest results, you'd expect him to be rushing to publish. Complex equipment like this burns a lot of energy and doesn't get run with no one knowing about it. Especially not repeatedly.

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