Saturday, March 5, 2016

Salvage Opportunity, by Jack Skillingstead

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(SF) Badar has a 4-year contract sits all alone at a salvage site on Kepler-186f. (3,420 words; Time: 11m)

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"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 114, published on .

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Pro: The theme of this story is "how Badar learned he needed companionship." It kicks off with him wishing he could touch his companion. He's not thrilled with his companion's solution to that problem, and he even denies he really wants company, but when he says "I'm lonely" at the end, his journey is complete.

Con: Much of the situation is very contrived. The company didn't realize you need more than one person (or at least more support)? The android can't be switched off? Really?

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. A humorous but insightful look at introversion and introspection.