Saturday, November 21, 2015

Watergirl, by Rudy Rucker and Marc Laidlaw

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(SF Surfer Humor; Delbert & Zep) Del and his friend Zep are near-future surf bums living in Hawaii. Zep finds them work with a wealthy developer using nanotechnology to create programmable waves. (12,000 words; Time: 40m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended
Recommended By: SFRevu:4

"," by and (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 01|15, published on by .

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Pro: This is a murder mystery. It's clear to us, almost at once, that Sable was murdered, and we've got several suspects: Del, who admits he was jealous of her, Zep, who wanted to trade up, Lokelani, who everyone admits wanted to get rid of her, Mr. Bromelian, whom Stella was protesting, and, of course, Chorlkey, who hated all the Banyan people. Sable's revenant knows who killed her, and with Del's help, gets rid of him.

Con: All these suspects, and yet no one actually solved the murder. The water girl just kills him. The story was mostly SF, but then suddenly her ghost inhabits the waves. It's not clear why anyone needs to rescue Lokelani, since it had to be Sable who caused the flood in the first place. Why can't she stop it too?

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