Monday, June 19, 2017

Often and Silently We Come, by Ron Collins

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(Non-human SF) X-jin captures aliens to dissect and for his students to study. He has secret suspicions about the value and morality of this work, though. (4,088 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Often and Silently We Come," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|17, published on by .

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Pro: The concept is a cool one, and it’s suitably chilling as we gradually realize what a monstrous thing X-jin and his people are doing to the intelligent life forms they study.

They appear to be an electronic life form created by a long-vanished race, and the idea that they’re trying to find their creator is interesting too.

Con: It breaks disbelief too many times and too many ways. The author tosses in words like “positrons” and “muon pairs” in ways that make no sense, speaks of logic “eroding,” and talks about how all alien creatures express grief by weeping the same way human beings do.

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