Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Chlorophyll is Thicker than Water, by M. Fenn

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(Near-Future SF) Retired scientists Susan and Hina are trying to make plants “think” in real time. Kim intends to steal their research. The plants have their own ideas. (8,746 words; Time: 29m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Chlorophyll is Thicker than Water," by (edited by Athena Andreadis), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Every aspect of this story defies disbelief. Plants aren’t going to acquire muscles, much less “think.” Scientists aren’t going to experiment on themselves or on unwilling subjects. A young person would easily turn the tables on two elderly ladies.

Also, Susan and Hima make for unsympathetic heroines. They're stereotypical mad scientists with a plan for world domination via secretly giving everyone their experimental drugs, which they're even trying out on children.

Beyond that, the dialogue is unnatural, and the narration often descends into editorializing.

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