Friday, October 27, 2017

Nine Lattices of Sargasso, by Jason Sanford

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(Post-Apocalypse) Amali’s family are refugees on an artificial floating island, but she risks all of their safety when she defends a genetically engineered girl who arrives unexpectedly. (13,835 words; Time: 46m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Nine Lattices of Sargasso," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 11-12|17, published on by .

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Pro: The best part of the story is probably the setting. Not just the floating island, but the world that’s damaged but not destroyed.

Amali’s efforts to save her friend are noble, and it’s nice to see those efforts crowned with success.

Con: The AI itself is rather hard to believe, particularly the fact that it seems to really care what a 17-year-old girl thinks of it. Also, having crashed the world once, can it really threaten what’s left? You'd think those vulnerabilities would be gone.

Amali doesn't actually do much herself. Her friend saves her or the AI does, but she's rarely the one who really makes things happen.

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