Saturday, March 9, 2019

On the Shores of Ligeia, by Carolyn Ives Gilman

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Adventure) When Seth’s boss breaks her leg, he’s called in at the last minute to narrate the live feed from the Titan probe. (7,214 words; Time: 24m)

"On the Shores of Ligeia," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 106, published on .

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Review: 2019.164 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The description of how the AI was designed to try to make the sort of decisions Seth might have made under the same circumstances was well done. The sort of problem it encountered, where something unexpected happens and it doesn’t realize it needs to prioritize finding its way back, was also quite realistic.

The bit about the kids helping the Chinese drones map the area was cute.

Con: The bit about the kids helping the Chinese drones was impossible to believe. It’s hard to see the point of a secret space mission or the sense of spending billions on a probe and then having children do your data labeling.

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