Saturday, November 3, 2018

Talking to Ghosts at the Edge of the World, by Lavie Tidhar

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) Rania flies to a remote rural town on Titan to recover the brain implant from a man who has died. (2,382 words; Time: 07m)

"Talking to Ghosts at the Edge of the World," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2018.621 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Rania goes to a small town to pick up a “ghost”—the image of a human mind that remains in its brain implants after the body has died. She accomplishes that and flies back with it.

The best part is the scene at the end where the ghost keeps her company and remarks on how beautiful the big moon is from the air.

Con: Nothing seems to happen in this story. The story doesn’t descend to crude infodumps, but it’s all about the setting with almost nothing else.

The science is rather broken. On Titan, the rocks are frozen water, so no one is going to have to dig to find it; it’s everywhere. Titan always faces Saturn, so one does not see it rise or set. Where you can see it, the rings are always edge on, so it's not very impressive to look at.

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