Monday, December 12, 2016

Hill 435, by Tim C. Taylor

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(Military SF) If the corporal's squad can take Hill 435, the war is over and he can retire. But it's going to be harder than he thinks. (6,493 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Hill 435," by (edited by Ian Whates), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Excellent description of the way the battle went, all the way up to the mud slide. Touching that the resolution makes use of both of the veteran AIs.

Con: It's rather jarring when we learn that the first part was all a dream. Nothing hinted at that, and it turned this into a very different kind of story.

One wonders what the military purpose was of making emotional AIs that "fall in love" with their soldiers.

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