Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Ibex on the Day of Extinction, by Minister Faust

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(Cyber SF) Kam's satellite phone fails while he's doing field work in Niger. But why has GPS failed as well? (4,722 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Ibex on the Day of Extinction," by (edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Although it's clear early on that there's been some sort of global catastrophe, we're not sure quite what it was, so the story has us eagerly anticipating Kam's discoveries in each place he visits.

Con: The ending is unsatisfying. We learn that the whole world was a simulation and whoever was running it is apparently wrapping it up. This makes all of Kam's actions to that point 100% futile.

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