Sunday, November 27, 2016

Panic City, by Madeline Ashby

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(Post Apocalypse) When fan #6 fails, the underground city's AI decides to abandon it, but an overachieving worker is determined to fix it anyway. (2,962 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: NClarke

"Panic City," by (edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The plot is Roscoe's attempt to reach the fan and fix it coupled with the AI's efforts to make him fail. He's very resourceful, and she admires him despite herself. The surprise that people still live above and are sending probes to try to rescue people in the underground cities is well done.

Con: Why doesn't the AI just order him not to repair the fan? And why does it decide to kill everyone at the end? It's hard to believe anyone programmed that into the system.

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