Monday, January 7, 2019

Reboot, by Robert Reed

★★★☆☆ Average

(Military SF) In the midst of a nuclear war, two computers chat with each other about how serious it really is. (906 words; Time: 03m)

"Reboot," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.016 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The argument between the computers about the nature of reality is very entertaining. The “logic” that the world can’t end because “you aren’t special enough to witness the final day” was particularly funny.

By the end of the story, I’m convinced they’re AIs who run a video game of some kind. That’s the only way you could have so much nuclear exchange and yet still have the world keep on going.

Con: There’s no actual plot and no relatable characters. It’s a cute gimmick, but it’s just a gimmick.

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