Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Trapezium, by Tony Ballantyne

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) When the crew of Eva Rye agrees to transport a prisoner, they fail to ask how to keep that prisoner under control, and bluffing only works for so long. (8,736 words; Time: 29m)

"Trapezium," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|18, published on by .

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Pro: Craig not only finds a solution, he realizes he should be working on understanding the universe—in a sense, he has more in common with Monad than with his fellow crew members (this is the symbolism of the trapezoid, of course).

This is part of the author's Recursion series. It's possible this would be more interesting if one read the other stories first. It's certainly an interesting enough universe to be worth exploring.

Con: That microscope is a heck of a weapon, but there’s no way we could have figured that out, so the solution to their problem comes as something of a deus ex machina.

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