Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Veilonaut's Dream, by Henry Szabranski

[Clarkesworld]
★★★☆☆ We don’t know who left the Discontinuity out past Neptune’s orbit, but it lets us jump to other parts of the universe. Pity it doesn’t let us pick where—and that it often strands people in empty space.

(SF Exploration) We don’t know who left the Discontinuity out past Neptune’s orbit, but it lets us jump to other parts of the universe. Pity it doesn’t let us pick where—and that it often strands people in empty space. (5,083 words; Time: 16m)


"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 143, published on .

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

Pro: Madeline figures out how to direct the discontinuity and (we think) leads her to her lost lover.

The descriptions of the Discontinuity make it seem very real, and there’s a lot of tension when we’re worrying that they may get trapped.

Con: It’s just a little too convenient to the plot that the discontinuity only works with people, not machines. That you can’t even bring along a camera and get it to take useful pictures to bring back with you.

Likewise, it’s a little hard to believe that it can read human minds well enough to pick targets without even needing confirmations.

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