Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Chine Life, by Paul McAuley

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Post-Apocalypse) The human settlement called the Factory sent envoys to the mass mind called the Reef in hopes of stopping the machines that keep attacking them. This is the story of how that failed. (6,958 words; Time: 23m)

"Chine Life," by (edited by Wade Roush), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2018.629 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a very colorful (if depressing) world. The different “chines” are interesting in and of themselves, but so is the Reef. I liked details such as the fact that there was even a hierarchy of screwheads, so the mass mind of the Reef wasn’t monolithic either.

The human society was of interest too, divided into castes based partly on birth. In the conclusion, it’s not surprising that Lina decides to walk away.

Con: It certainly looks hopeless, but one has the sense that humanity was doomed thousands of years ago. This makes the whole story seem like the description of an exercise in futility.

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