Monday, December 14, 2015

White Dust, by Nathan Hillstrom

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(SF) The transmitter sends copies of people to remote locations, but the copies don't want to do their jobs, and Margery is in trouble if she can't figure out why. (5,697 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Recommended
Recommended By: GDozois:4 Readers

"," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 01|16, published on by .

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Pro: All the pieces of the story work together nicely. We learn that the machine doesn't allow copies to be near each other. Hence Margery's copy can destroy her by sending itself back. The trick to tell Sam he's making round trips when he's really dying on both ends is clever and horrible all at once.

Con: It's a little hard to believe that the Margery copy had so great a revelation and such a transformation.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Just got round to reading this one. Simple but effective, and the Margery v Margery scene worked really well.