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.

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Amusing, fun, light hearted story that I liked… Good progression on how it shows how things can get out of hand very quickly. I don’t get the logic of quantum entanglement and how it automatically took energy from the sun but then again the story tone warrant not to take it too seriously :)