Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Bewilderness of Lions, by Ted Kosmatka

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(SF) Caitlin does data mining for a presidential campaign, but her analysis is resulting in unusually precise and downright strange predictions. (8,276 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended
Recommended By: GDozois:4 RHorton:4

"," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 03|16, published on by .

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Pro: The odd predictions are entertaining to anyone who's done any actual data mining.

Con: What is Caitlin after? We don't know. What's the point of the story with the ants? We don't know that either. Why does she quit at the end? No idea. We understand that she feels guilty about her brother, and maybe that explains a desire to self-destruct, but even that only comes up near the end of the story. Ultimately, there's just not a story here.

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