Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Age of Discovery, by C.W. Johnson

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(Hard SF) Edith’s lab wants to improve the Casimir pump enough to use it for space travel, but Edith can’t help running her own experiments even without permission. (7,046 words; Time: 23m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ A fun story with a realistic feel

"The Age of Discovery," by (edited by Athena Andreadis), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The descriptions of how Edith and Xiao-xing do various experiments with the cold foam are excellent. The worries about being caught add tension. And the final outcome is heartwarming.

The way the big company fires her over her misbehavior is not unrealistic, given that they didn't think the cold foam work was interesting. The superior who feels bad about it and does her a good turn is also realistic.

Con: Obviously the foam itself is far-fetched. It’s a little too pat that Edith’s new job she finds a job at a company doing the same work she was doing.

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