Monday, July 9, 2018

A Gaze of Faces, by Mike Buckley

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Colony Dystopia) Irvine makes a living data diving in the old library of a dying colony on a barren planet. Just as he finds something interesting, there’s a fight for control of the library itself. (11,596 words; Time: 38m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 142, published on .

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Pro: Irvine really wanted to learn what happened to Origin Earth, and by the end he has done so, and even though it shattered his illusions, he’s adapted to it.

Emmy’s realization that, “there’s already nothing to live for” is sobering in its blunt accuracy.

Con: It’s quite a downer.

The description of Earth being destroyed by an emergent AI is not very believable. The account of the AI destroying humanity by embedding virus fragments that only affect descendants doesn’t make any sense at all.

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