Saturday, September 12, 2015

An Industrial Growth, by David L. Clements

(SF) Mary was an expert in dealing with "nanoblooms," which destroyed North America in the 21st Century. She's called back to investigate a nanobloom with odd behavior. (12,579 words; Time: 41m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended

"An Industrial Growth," by , appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact issue 01-02|16, published on by

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Pro: A reasonable believable post-US future.

Con: Mary is so impulsive and sloppy it's impossible to believe anyone who ever worked with her would agree to do so again.

The emergent intelligence from the nanobloom isn't credible from any perspective. Technologically, it seems about as likely as getting life by mixing all the contents of a child's chemistry set into a big mess, but even swallowing that, the thing doesn't behave rationally.

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