Saturday, December 26, 2015

Tartaros, by Mike Resnick

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(SF) Hiding from the police out in the Kuiper Belt, Tarter runs across a planet that shouldn't be there. (4,000 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended

"Tartaros," by (edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt), appeared in Mission: Tomorrow (RSR review), published on by .

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This starts off as an SF story but ends up being a fantasy. Tarter has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, which makes him a hard sell as a hero. The fact that that's what Tartarus is looking for in a manager doesn't really help much. Even accepting all that, there's no action to the story; Tarter gets the job just by showing up.

Also, the AI that's smart enough for a reasoned conversation but too dumb to know expressions like "on our tail" is annoying.

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