Sunday, September 11, 2016

Aphrodite's Blood, Decanted, by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks

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(AI Fantasy) The humans disappeared years ago, but the Factory AI can't accept that they're gone, so he makes a plan to bring them back. (2,472 words; Time: 08m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: SFRevu:4

If you're not bothered by AI's that have emotions, add one more star.
"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 120, published on .

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Pro: It's a sweet little tale of how the lonely Factory learned that the humans were never coming back, but that he had a wonderful companion right across the river, so he didn't need to be lonely. The fish coming back were a nice touch.

Con: It reads like a children's story, with talking buildings. Even the rhetorical questions to the reader are similar to what you find in children's books.

On the practical front, where was the power coming from? And even if you believe in emotional AI that can "evolve" from an OS, would the foundations of a building really shake when one of them was disturbed?

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. It sure ain't coming from the nuclear power plant I can tell you that

  2. A cute story that reads like a fable. Yes, the buildings are sentient, but so is Thomas the Tank Engine, and he's pretty groovy.