Saturday, March 25, 2017

Terra Nullius, by Hanuš Seiner

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(Alien Invasion) Only juvenile aliens are capable of original thought, so we can't even tell the adults that they're destroying our world. Reaching the juvenile's means going deep inside the enormous females. (6,546 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"," by (translated by Julie Novakova, edited by Niall Harrison), appeared in issue 03/20/17, published on .

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Pro: The concept is pretty cool. Alien young learn in a simulation, and then they're able to learn new things. Adults simply do what they're programmed to do.

Con: The execution of that idea is awful, and the whole story is a confused mess. If the narrator is trying to talk to the juveniles, we never see him do it. And Taira's role is unclear. Is she real when the narrator meets her or is she part of the simulation? If so, how can she talk?

At the end, the narrator seems to think he made some unexpected discovery--surprised that there's a simulation of aliens mating for some reason. Then it just ends.

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