Friday, October 9, 2015

Pareidolia, by Kathleen Bartholomew and Kage Baker

Asimov's Science Fiction, March 2015; ~10,900 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Josephus fixes problems for a 23rd-century company that uses time-travel to extract valuable artifacts from ancient times. Mostly light-hearted and fun.

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

Pro: Time travel as a big business. A cute theme is that corporations (and management) have similar problems in any age. Very interesting angle with the icons that are so perfect they cause the viewer to go insane. All the narrative and dialogue is well-written.

Con: There's a huge amount of material here given that the actual story is limited to a single day in Constantinople. It's never clear why his teaching the Egyptians how to draw resulted in Nikephorus producing lethal paintings. For all of that build up, the solution to the problem is a fizzle. The operative meets no serious resistance and has no serious problems.

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