Monday, June 6, 2016

Project Entropy, by Dominica Phetteplace

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(Near-Future SF; Project Empathy) Angelina struggles with life now that she's lost her chip, and she's not sure how to get back on track (10,520 words; Time: 35m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended
Recommended By: SFRevu:4 RHorton:4

This continues the series of stories that started with Project Empathy.
"Project Entropy," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07|16, published on by .

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

Pro: We learn a lot of interesting details about the world of Blue Cup and the Reserve. Seeing Blue Cup through Angelina's eyes makes it look cheap and tawdry indeed.

Of course the most interesting thing we learn about is the presence of other emergent AIs masquerading as human beings.

Con: It starts in the middle of things and it ends that way too. The entire sequence of stories may well be top rate, but taken in isolation, this is a fragment, not a story.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I read this story out of sequence and it was still a decent read that one can follow what had been going on, and what is likely to go on.

    3 stars, but try to read it in the correct order.

    1. It's really hard to decide how to rate fragments. I'd probably give it three stars today, simply because it's not an unpleasant read.

  2. I actually liked this one. Strange but interesting. A bit too formless , perhaps.