Monday, October 12, 2015

Things Worth Knowing, by Jay O'Connell

Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2015; 4,517 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

In the near future, Stanley supervises school kids grades 1-12 while they use an automated system to learn, but one boy seems to be learning abnormally quickly.

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

Pro: The over-the-top scenes with the different corporations shooting at each other and trying to bully Joel into signing a lifetime contract were pretty amusing. Stanley's determination to sacrifice his student is admirable.

Con: The political message grates. The ending is a bit deus ex machina.

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