Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tactical Infantry Bot 37 Dreams of Trochees, by Marie Vibbert

[F&SF]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Military SF) The war has gone on for decades, with bots assisting the humans. But the badly-maintained bots are starting to ask what the point is. (3,255 words; Time: 10m)


"Tactical Infantry Bot 37 Dreams of Trochees," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 01-02|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.041 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The scenes of the bot operating in combat were very effective.

Con: The premise, that a company profits from the war and deliberately designed the bots to prolong it by ignoring ceasefires, is pretty silly. The ending, where the bots essentially “override their own programming” and become pacifist poets is equally silly.

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