Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Mighty Phin, by Nisi Shawl

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(Virtual Reality SF) Stuck in a virtual-reality prison, Phin tries to manipulate the AI to give the inmates more freedom. (4,147 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Mighty Phin," by (edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Phin wants a better, more meaningful life for her and her spouses. She does accomplish that much.

The title appears to be a reference to the song, "Mighty Quinn," in which Quinn the Eskimo brings joy to people who were in despair.

Con: We're left wondering what happened. Did they get physical bodies after all? (Thad doesn't think so.) And what are we to make of Dr. Ops wanting to "love" Phinn? Malfunction? Manipulation?

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