Friday, September 2, 2016

Talking to Dead People, by Sarah Pinsker

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(Near-Future SF) Gwen and Eliza are college roommates who start a business making miniature houses that can talk about the murders committed there. (4,694 words; Time: 15m)

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

"Talking to Dead People," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 09-10|16, published on by .

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Pro: The story does a nice job of exploring the characters of Gwen and Eliza through transparent narration and realistic dialogue. Extra points for realizing that the AI might or might not find anything useful, depending on how people used it.

There's a moment of frisson when we realize that the disappearance of Gwen's brother is itself a mystery, and we wonder whether Gwen might have actually murdered him.

Con: And then it all falls flat. After all that great setup, nothing happens.

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