Sunday, April 16, 2017

Proof of Concept, by Gwyneth Jones

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(Dystopia) A few centuries from now, on a dying Earth, Kir joins a team trying to build an interstellar teleportation device. Unfortunately, to get funding they have to incorporate the crew from a reality show. (28,069 words; Time: 1h:33m)

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Pro: The future dystopia feels real, as does the future "post-standard-model physics," and it’s all far enough in the future to be plausible.

Con: There are too many characters, many of whom blend together. Kir doesn’t really drive the story; everything happens around her. The computer in her brain plays almost no role in the story at all, other than to deliver an infodump at the end.

It’s not clear why Bill had to die. He wasn’t that close to figuring anything out, and he had no one to tell anyway. Failing all else, they could have put him into cold sleep.

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