Saturday, March 2, 2019

Fine-Tuning, by Bond Elam

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Exploration) Ray’s anxiety about his first assignment on-planet isn’t helped by a robot that won’t cooperate. Worse, no one gave him her override code. (1,405 words; Time: 04m)

"Fine-Tuning," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03-04|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.113 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The author does an excellent job of planting little hints throughout the story so that when Ava reveals he’s the robot, not her, it all clicks.

Con: Before I realized Ava was human, I was hugely irritated by the unrealistic, dysfunctional robot and the unrealistically helpless human.

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