Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Calculations of Artificials, by Chi Hui

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(SF AI) Unbeknownst to most people, almost everyone in the world is really a robot. Aixia helps keep the system running, but allows himself to become attached to a human boy he saved. (8,220 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆, Needs Improvement

"," by (translated by John Chu), appeared in Clarkesworld issue 121, published on .

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Pro: The idea that all or most of the world besides you is fake is an old one, but the concept that all the really bad people in the world are real, but essentially none of the good ones, is novel.

Con: Infodumps, as-you-know-Bob dialogue, narrated emotions, unnatural dialogue. There isn't a plot per se; things just happen beyond the narrator's control.

These are almost certainly problems in the original, not the translation, but the translation has problems too. For example, the narration wobbles between past and present tense.

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