Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Blue Lady of Entanglement Chamber 1, by Ron Collins

(SF) Izna wants to write a story about how Selma died on the first quantum drone flight, but she also wants an excuse to investigate what really happened. (5,851 words)

Rating: 2, Not Recommended

"The Blue Lady of Entanglement Chamber 1," by appeared in the October 2016 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, published , by .

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

Pro: Izna does actually figure it all out, and the bad guy is punished.

Con: The story has too many places where it challenges disbelief. In particular, the discussions of the math are a real stretch. But beyond the use of made-up math, the whole idea that even after all those years, no one had investigated the data is hard to buy.

The dialogue is also weak, particularly Andre's. Whenever he's supposed to sound angry, it just falls flat.

Perhaps worst of all is the way the story abruptly ends and switches to narration. It's as though the author didn't finish the story but decided to give us an outline of what would have happened next.

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