Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Extraterrestrial Folk Metal Fusion, by Georgina Bruce

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(SF) The alien transmission Professor Lovage detected has made her famous, but it isn’t attracting the kind of attention she actually wants. (4,205 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended

"Extraterrestrial Folk Metal Fusion," by , appeared in Interzone issue 266, published on by .

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Pro: It's cute that the Lothario messages express the same communication problems and incompatibilities that exist in her real world.

Con: There’s no proper story and no proper ending. Presumably we’re supposed to believe that the message induced random trash in the trashcan to open a portal or something, but it’s never clear.

This isn’t really a science story, but the scientific problems make this hard to enjoy. A message from a planet that didn’t exist anymore is a silly idea—the whole galaxy is only 100,000 light-years across. The message is described as having no point of origin, no discernable content, and cannot be decoded—all of which makes you wonder why anyone thought it was a message at all.

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