Wednesday, January 3, 2018

An Equation of State, by Robert Reed

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(SF) The army wakes in the new solar system and prepares to face enemy attack. But the enemy doesn’t show up. While they wait, one of them decides to study one of the inner planets. (3,625 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"An Equation of State," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 01-02|18, published on by .

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Pro: It’s a bit of a surprise that the narrator is visiting Earth, not from Earth. The bigger surprise is that it has united humanity against the threat of alien invasion, ultimately making us the biggest threat of all.

Con: The whole thing is rather confusing. How can the narrator be so powerful as to destroy the whole fleet that brought it here? What good did it do itself by elevating humanity?

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