Thursday, January 14, 2016

Empty Planets, by Rahul Kanakia


(SF) In a future where most of the galaxy is run by "the Machine" for the benefit of those lucky enough to own shares, a young shareholder goes to school to learn how he can make a difference. (7,600 words; Time: 25m)

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"Empty Planets," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 262, published on by .

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Review: 2016.297 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The Machine is an interesting super AI. It isn't really intelligent, or at least it doesn't seem so. Instead it seems to be carrying out a bad program that's literally trying to reduce human suffering--by reducing the number of people.

Con: Nothing happens in this story. David never gets the insight. He and Margery end up not very different from his own parents.

The dialogue is often very unnatural. When David tells Sherie that her people were useless and not worth keeping alive, all she says in response is "But . . . they're counting on me."

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