Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Hot Air, by Igor Teper

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(Near-Future SF) An American and a Chinese scientist collaborate in secret on a special type of atmospheric laser. (2,846 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Hot Air," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 11-12|17, published on by .

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Pro: They succeed in preventing their countries from making bit military expenditures against each other, and they even succeed in the weather-control project they’d originally worked on.
The chiastic structure works well in this story.

Con: The idea is a little silly. No pair of junior researchers could get that much influence, particularly when their work showed no results.

Neither character is really developed. This is all about the concept, not the plot or the characters.

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