Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ironheart, by Jonathan Maberry

★★★☆☆ Average

(Fantasy SF) Dying from his war injury, Duke spends his last days with his grandparents on their farm trying to help them keep the farm robots working. But they’re falling apart just like he is. (6,639 words; Time: 22m)

"Ironheart," by (edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2018.141 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is about Duke’s struggle to leave something behind for his grandparents after he’s gone. It’s sad and sweet.

Con: It starts off as an SF story, but turns into a fantasy piece when his blood magically “heals” the FarmBoy robot.

I don’t see why an artificial heart would require someone to take lots of pills. Transplants do, but artificial organs don’t.

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