Monday, June 12, 2017

The Smoke Means It's Working, by Sarah Pinsker

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(Superhero Humor) Dora wants to be a superhero’s sidekick, and she thinks a job running a rescue robot at the scenes of supervillain attacks is a way to get her foot in the door. (3,679 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Smoke Means It's Working," by (edited by Tricia Reeks and Kyle Anderson), appeared in , published on by .

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Pro: She definitely advances her plans by taking down a villain, even if she loses her robot-operator job.

There are a few funny lines, like “Wherever the arts are threatened, I am there.”

The robot is fairly plausible. It can do lots of things, but it’s dependent on a human operator for when it makes the wrong analysis.

Con: There isn’t a lot to the story. Nothing is at stake except Dora’s future career. And the jokes aren’t all that funny.

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