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.

  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.

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