Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Matilda, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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(Military SF) The enemy are up to something in "blank" areas of space that sensors can't penetrate. Devi takes a "single ship" into one to find out what's there, but her ship has a mind of its own, and it's terrified. (9,199 words; Time: 30m)

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

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

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This story shatters suspension of disbelief in one paragraph after another. "Blank" areas of space make no sense; what can a visit show that telescopes can't see? This last-minute plan of sending someone who is clearly unsuited to this type of vehicle seems astonishingly stupid. And they whole idea of constructing a ship that's so emotional that it has trouble doing its job makes no sense either.

But the worst, the absolute worst, is the idea that a human's "life force" could somehow make a difference in propelling a space ship.

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