Sunday, December 13, 2015

Theories of Mind, by Conor Powers-Smith

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(Hard SF) Fresh from Earth, Peter finds himself assigned to an unpromising part of the colony planet, and he finds the natives even harder to talk with than he'd expected. (7,663 words; Time: 25m)

Rating: ★★★★☆, Recommended
Recommended By: SFRevu:4

"Theories of Mind," by , appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact issue 01-02|16, published on by .

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Pro: The linguistics concepts are sound, as far as they go. Peter becomes more likable as the story progresses. The ending is entertaining.

Con: We have to believe that this problem arose before and that there was already some solution for it. We wonder what the other human compounds on the planets did about the natives. And we wonder how the natives pursuing the criminal-one were able to avoid arresting each other.

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