Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Monuments, by Pamela Sargent

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(Climate Change) An AI tries to carry out the last wishes of the last human governors to bring back snow and ice. (5,087 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

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"Monuments," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The AI itself is the protagonist, and its goal is to honor Governor Maria Giovanni-Rivera's wish to be buried under an  ice sheet. It achieves that, burying the entire planet in ice.

Con: The story's message seems to be that humans are bad, and the sooner we all kill ourselves, the better. The humans we do meet are all pathetic and not much fun to read about.

The governor who wanted another ice age was clearly crazy, and it's impossible to see why the other human beings allowed the AIs to do this without opposition. Why were they only listening to the governor of New York?

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