Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sixteen Questions for Kamala Chatterjee, by Alastair Reynolds

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(Far-Future SF) Kamala discovered an alien artifact inside the sun, and she spent her life finding a way to reach it. (4,314 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended
Recommended By: GDozois:5

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"Sixteen Questions for Kamala Chatterjee," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The technical challenges of building something on the surface of the sun are well-described. The time-frame of multiple centuries is reasonable.

Con: There's almost no story here, no characterization, and almost no dialogue. This is sixteen infodumps, and it makes for a very tedious read. The structure of interleaving questions from a dissertation defense with her accounts of the project doesn't really work very well and often seems entirely irrelevant.

The ending seems to be that once we reached it, the artifact decided to start terminating humanity across the multiverse, and there's nothing we can do about it. I found that very unsatisfying.

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