Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Thanatos Mode, by Tom Hadrava

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(Far-Future SF) When a ship is ready to die, it spawns an intelligent self-destruct entity inside itself. These are their stories. (2,744 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"The Thanatos Mode," by (edited by Niall Harrison), appeared in issue 12/05/16, published on .

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Pro: The organic, intelligent ships are a neat idea, particularly the fact that they themselves choose when to end their lives.

Con: This story is just hard to read. There's too much unnecessary made-up terminology. E.g. "lightmiles."

Beyond that, there's no protagonist, no goals--no characters and no plot. It's just an exploration of a concept.

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