Friday, April 6, 2018

Under The Spinodal Curve, by Hanuš Seiner

[Tor.com]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Fantasy Science) The narrator’s girlfriend is the residual personality of a metallurgist who’s away for six months crafting nanomaterials. But when her primary personality reunites with her body, will she still love him? Or even remember him? (4,541 words; Time: 15m)


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Pro: I liked the idea that designing complex nanotechnology might require total commitment from engineers’ minds. It’s almost like a metaphor for how an engineer gets so wrapped up in solving a problem that his/her spouse feels married to a zombie.

The trick to either force the primary to accept him or else refuse reunification seems clever, provided Bamobah doesn’t die afterwards. But it certainly makes the narrator seem like a selfish jerk.

The scientific language is overwhelming, although it does have a bearing on metallurgy. In particular, the spinoidal curve marks the boundary where a mixture can easily separate out into two materials.

Bamobah and her primary are supposed to reunite into a single entity, but the narrator wants to preserve the separation, so the name is appropriate to the story.

Con: We never learn much about the characters. What does the narrator see in Bamobah, and vice versa? And we never learn how it all came out either.

Much of the scientific language here sounds like nonsense or at least seems only faintly related to the story. Errors like talking about kilo-joules of entropy (which is really measured in joules per degree kelvin) don’t inspire confidence.

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