Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Consciousness: 4107's Story, by James Gunn

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(SF Background) In which we learn the history of the intelligent plants of planet Flora and how 4107 came to travel to planet Terminal. (4,258 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

This is a background document, not a story, and it will most likely be of more interest to readers of the author’s “Transcendence” trilogy

"Consciousness: 4107's Story," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 01-02|18, published on by .

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Pro: The background info is certainly interesting. A race accidentally raised to intelligence by neighbors who then accidentally committed genocide by failing to recognize them as intelligent. A race still fuming that their genocide suit was dismissed. And an intelligent plant that’s the first of its kind to have independent intelligence. As backgrounds go, it’s pretty good.

Con: But if you haven’t read the series, it’s very dull. The repeated instances of bad science discourage actually buying the books to find out what happens. E.g. an antimatter missile magically makes plants intelligent?

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