Friday, June 30, 2017

Integration, by John Eckelkamp

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(AI SF) Zerith is a new AI, and he’s required to spend some time in a class of human students. (1,800 words; Time: 06m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Joe Stech), appeared in issue 06-07|17, published on .

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Pro: Zerith comes across as a rather strange but ultimately adorable human child. This is the story of how he became a person, and that’s moving enough to make up for a lot of the story’s shortcomings.

Con: There’s no action in this story whatsoever. It’s almost literally about watching grass (well, a bean) grow.

There’s way too much technobabble. The first few paragraphs are so bad I at first thought it was going to be a caricature.

It’s hard to believe Zerith didn’t already have access to all sorts of details about beans, insects, etc.

There are lots of annoying little errors: e.g. beans are prolate, not oblate.

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