Monday, December 28, 2015

The Uncertainty Machine, by Jamie Ford

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(Steampunk) Phineas used a mysterious machine to predict that Halley's Comet would wreck the Earth in 1910. Now he's trapped in his underground bunker. Can the machine help him get out? (3,400 words; Time: 11m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"The Uncertainty Machine," by (edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey), appeared in The End Has Come (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: When the light fades, we know that no one will rescue him, and no one will ever use the machine again. The ending is clear and grim.

Con: It's a simple, linear, story.

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