Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Significance of Significance, by Robert Reed

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(SF) A young woman reacts to the news that our universe is just a simulation by making wild choices that her family has to deal with. (5,330 words; Time: 17m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 130, published on .

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Pro: It’s an interesting exploration of how different people would react to such unsettling news.

Con: Nothing of interest is done with the idea itself. It’s all about the people who’re affected by Sarah’s decision to have (and then dump) a baby. One could have had the same effect in a mainstream story where Sarah simply came to believe the universe was a simulation.

There’s no protagonist and no plot. The focus character, Sarah, has no goals and is completely unlikable.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Very philosophical! An interesting look at how different beliefs can put people in different "universes" from each other.