Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Flight from the Ages, by Derek Künsken

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(Fantasy Science) About a thousand years from now, two powerful AIs struggle to prevent the destruction of the multiverse. (10,988 words; Time: 36m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended
Recommended By: GDozois:5 RHorton:4

"Flight from the Ages," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 04-05|16, published on by .

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Pro: This colorful story takes us to interesting, ever-more-incomprehensible places and boasts good narration and dialogue. It even has a happy ending.

There are a number of cute allusions to the story of Ulysses and the Cyclops that are entertaining for those familiar with the story.

Con: The science mixes real things with impossible ones. Just to name a few: the attometer-sized black holes should weigh around half a million tons, not eighty thousand. Fast-moving dust at high velocity would erode the hull, not "tickle" it. What does it mean for an AI to "live out its days?" And how can a beam of light travel for thousands of years through an opaque plasma--much less automatically turn into an AI when it hits a neutron star?

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