Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Bond as Deep as Starlit Seas, by Sarah Grey

[Lightspeed]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Adventure) Jeri’s ready to trade her old spaceship for a new, more efficient model, but she loved her old ship and wants to be sure she doesn’t end up scrapped for parts. (6,920 words; Time: 23m)


"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 99, published on .

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Pro: Jeri’s attachment to Cleo causes her to lose everything, but she and Cleo have a plan to get away, and the story ends with the two of them together starting a new adventure.

Con: This is an example of the idiot plot. Jeri’s problems are all self-inflicted because she can’t accept that Cleo is just a machine. She seems unusually clueless too. How did she not know that more modern ships didn’t have the emotive-adaptive programming? Or that emotive-adaptive programming might lead to dependence? Or that the Henza don’t really honor deals if they can help it?

And how could the Henza be so stupid as to leave such an easy way for someone to escape their indenture?

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