Monday, January 9, 2017

Starphone, by Stephen Baxter

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(Climate SF) Keely inherits an advanced robot from her eccentric aunt. (5,618 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

"Starphone," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 01-02|17, published on by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

All infodumps, no story. Very dull.

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4 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. That's a little harsh, as there is a bit of story at the end, but it's 90% exposition, albeit handled quite well. From the intro I assume it's setting up other stories to come.

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    1. Okay, I can agree it's 90% infodumps. :-)

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  2. Also, the notion that 100 cell phones can form an antenna capable of picking up signals from deep space is ludicrous.

    Slightly off topic, but the RSR mini-review link for Robert Chase's 'Pieces of Ourselves' from the same issue of Asimov's goes to a 'page doesn't exist' error.

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    1. Thanks for the bug report. I've fixed the review link to "Pieces of Ourselves" in the January 2017 Monthly Ratings.

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