Thursday, December 24, 2015

ANTFARM, by August Cole

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(Military SF) In the mid-21st Century, Captain Aaron Fung flies sorties in support of ground troops in a war in Yemen. His own AI and crowd-sourced support is more problematic. (3,500 words; Time: 11m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆, Needs Improvement

"," by (edited by August Cole), appeared in War Stories from the Future (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Much of the hardware is very clever. The tension is high when he's targeting the wedding party.

Con: The writing is pretty bad. Nearly the entire story is infodump. The author abuses passive tense, misspells words, and despite all the infodumps fails to define enough terminology for us to make sense of what's going on. The idea of crowd-sourcing military operations is also pretty hard to believe. Crowdsourcing isn't fast, and it would be vulnerable to sabotage.

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