Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Final Commandment: Trey's Story, by James Gunn

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(SF Background) In which we learn the backstory of Trey, the intelligent machine whose quest on behalf of the frozen remains of the last survivors of its creators takes it to planet Terminal. (3,646 words; Time: 12m)

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

"The Final Commandment: Trey's Story," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 01-02|18, published on by .

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Pro: It’s a pretty good back story. The robot intelligences didn’t want to kill their creators (and they didn’t). After the war with the sea creatures, having only two survivors, they froze them and sent Trey off to find a way to breed more.

Con: Without having read the series, this background document is slow, dull reading; nothing but infodumps for page after page after page. The bad science doesn’t make me eager to read the series either. For example, land creatures kidnapped by sea creatures aren’t going to magically learn how to breathe water again. (Something the story contradicts itself : e.g. later on, when land creatures need special treatments to go underseas.) And land and sea creatures are definitely not going to be interfertile.

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