Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Go Random, My Love, by Bill Johnson

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Hard SF) Roy heads into an unknown part of space when he gets a distress call from an old friend. (14,376 words; Time: 47m)

"Go Random, My Love," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|18, published on by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: It appears that Roy has managed to get rescue for himself and Alice, that he’s raised Cele to a higher level of intelligence, and (possibly) brought his own people closer to real peace.

There seems to be a very rich background universe that the story is set in.

Dialogue and narration are both very good.

Con: What sinks this tale is that it’s hard SF with really bad science. Something on almost every page pops me out of the story. Here are just a few:
  • The solar wind can’t cause wind chill.
  • Wind chill doesn’t affect freezing temperatures.
  • Even modern AI software already makes extensive use of randomization.
  • The technobabble is painful to read. (E.g. “my if-then.”)

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