Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Influence Machine, by Sean McMullen

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(Historical SF) In 1899 London, Inspector Grant investigates a lady who claims her big electrical apparatus is for a camera, even though it looks like a bomb or a death ray. (8,457 words; Time: 28m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Influence Machine," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 269, published on by .

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Pro: The Victorian London setting is excellent. Inspector Grant, with his self-doubts, is a fun character. And the device to look into alternate dimensions is fascinating.

Con: The original plot is resolved as soon as Inspector Grant figures out what the device really does, and the story flounders after that.

Once the secret conspiracy of rich people who really run the British Empire gets involved, the story goes downhill fast.

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