Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sound and Fury, by Mary Robinette Kowal

★★★★☆ Fun character and lots of action.

(SF Adventure) Getting the giant robot down to the surface is critical to the diplomatic mission, but there’s one snag after another, and the chief engineer is running out of time and patience. (4,425 words; Time: 14m)

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

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Review: 2018.143 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Ostensibly, the plot is about getting the robot to work so the mission can succeed. At a deeper level, it’s about Jela doing the right thing.

I particularly like how Jela’s idea of the right thing starts with her fierce loyalty to her own staff. She respects the captain, appreciating the difficult spot she’s in, but knows the captain can’t do anything for her unless she helps.

The failure of the mission (by Jela’s own choice) still amounts to a victory for doing the right thing, since Jela knows the Consortium intends to bleed their planet dry.

Con: It’s a super-depressing universe, and this is a very minor victory. The Consortium will just send another ship out in a few months and get what they wanted anyway.

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