Tuesday, October 31, 2017

By the Red Giant's Light, by Larry Niven

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(Hard SF) She’s been on Pluto for a billion years, watching the sun expand. An alien robot has set up camp nearby, and she needs its help with a problem. (2,095 words; Time: 06m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"By the Red Giant's Light," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 11-12|17, published on by .

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Pro: The plot is simple: Dardy needs to divert the comet, and she manages to do it.

Con: The idea that a billion-year-old hacker’s kit could be of any use against an alien robot is absurd. Disappointingly, Dardy encounters essentially no serious problems, which makes the story fall flat.

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