Sunday, April 2, 2017

First Presentation, by Aliette De Bodard

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(SF; Xuya) Thanh attends her ex’s “First Presentation,” where her child will be connected to their society’s network. (5,507 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"First Presentation," by (edited by David Brin and Stephen W. Potts), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The description of Thanh as a person who still carries a torch for a long-lost love comes across very realistically.

Con: Thanh needs to get over Anh Ngoc. It’s painful to watch how her current lover is so anxious over all this. We’re supposed to believe that Thanh has finally let it all go, but nothing in the text makes us believe it. The net result is an unpleasant read.

There is no plot other than Thanh learning to let go.

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