Monday, December 15, 2014

Tasha's Fail-Safe, by Adam-Troy Castro

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(SF; Andrea Cort) Tasha is an interstellar secret agent for the Hom. Sap. Confederacy. Her efforts to identify a mole put her life in danger, and she has to rely on help from a person who hates her. (11,200 words; Time: 37m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Tasha's Fail-Safe," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03|15, published on by .

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

Pro: The writing is solid, the technology is interesting, and the "code word" at the end makes perfect sense.

Con: The interrogation scene is probably the weakest part of the whole story. It just makes no sense for Andrea to be interviewing these people, and the "explanation" for it made no sense at all.

Beau is described as "oversized" and yet he manages to get into the access tunnel that was barely large enough for Tasha to speed-crawl in. That seemed to rule Beau out as the assailant, so it seemed a bit of a cheat when it turned out to be him anyway.

The bad guy is Beau D'Eauffier at the beginning, but by the end he has become Beau D'Offier.


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