Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Ship Whisperer, by Julie Novakova

(SF) The Giordano Bruno investigates a black dwarf (which shouldn't exist). The narrator has a special rapport with the ship's AI, and he's sure it's trying to tell him something is wrong. (5,426 words)

Rating: 3, Ordinary Story

"The Ship Whisperer," by appeared in the March 2016 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, published , by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: Very interesting scenario where the quantum computer has a totally different kind of intelligence from ours and has difficulty communicating with normal human beings. Nice the way the narrator gradually figures out what's really going on.

Con: It's not clear why the ship needed to destroy itself (nor why it couldn't be restarted). They took the whole planet, including the device with them into the far future, after all, so what would it matter that the ship knew how to build another one?

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