Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Nostalgia Calculator, by Rich Larson

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(SF) Noel works at his uncle's company managing a machine that predicts when old fads will come back into style. He peeks at historical trends and finds something disturbing. (3,477 words; Time: 11m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Interesting, but a little silly
Recommended By: SFRevu:4 RHorton:4

"The Nostalgia Calculator," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 05-06|16, published on by .

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Pro: The gem of this story is Noel himself. He figures out the mystery and sneakily leaks the info to the world. He may look dumb ("look up 'ignoramus' in the dictionary") but everyone underestimates him. By the end, Noel has earned our admiration and affection.

Noel's futuristic slang is sort of cute, once you get used to it.

Con: The premise of a nostalgia catastrophe is really, really silly. In real life, declining trends tend to meet opposing forces that prevent things from going to infinity.

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