Friday, September 22, 2017

The Last Broadcasts, by An Owomoyela

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(Military SF) Daja’s new job requires her to replace the actual news about the dying Caribou colony with fake news aimed at avoiding a panic. It’s not what she signed up for, and she’s not sure she can do it. (8,002 words; Time: 26m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Last Broadcasts," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Daja quickly realizes she can’t live with the decision to keep the fall of Caribou secret from the public. She can’t change the classification of the information, but she can distribute it to everyone who’s got a classification—guaranteeing that a lot more people than expected will learn about it eventually.

Con: Daja comes across as irresponsible, not principled. And the authorities are pretty stupid not to have had a better system for preventing things like this. Also, the excuses for trying to keep this a secret seem pretty poor; politicians almost always exaggerate external threats.

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