Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Firstborn, Lastborn, by Melissa Scott

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(Far-Future SF) Irtholin visits her friend Anketil to tell her that a long-lost starship has been found, and to try to interest her in helping salvage it. (4,540 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: GDozois:5

"Firstborn, Lastborn," by (edited by Athena Andreadis), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Irtholin comes knowing what she wants, she gets it and leaves. Anketil doesn’t get the peace she needs, and she loses a friend, but in either case, the plot is complete.

Con: The story is somewhat dissatisfying. It seems that the bad guys won.

One wonders why the AIs needed Anketil at all, given how powerful they’re portrayed as being.

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