Sunday, May 5, 2019

Never the Twain Shall Meet, by Peter Wood

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Clones) The narrator is “cloned” in a matter-transmitter accident, and he and his new “brother” struggle over who’ll inherit the family barbeque business. (6,019 words; Time: 20m)

"Never the Twain Shall Meet," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 05-06|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.245 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: To enjoy this story, I think you have to recognize that Rick is an unreliable narrator. In reality, he’s every bit as much a jerk as Marshall is (a fact Juanita confirms). Likewise, it makes sense that he “didn’t have many friends”: If he can’t stand himself, it’s no surprise no one else can either.

Con: It’s a story about a dishonest, disagreeable, defeatist person who doesn’t really get any better.

I didn’t find the robot amusing; I couldn’t believe anyone would design or buy a product that defective.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Thanks for reading!
    You wouldn't want a disagreeable kitchen bot? Really? :)

    1. More to the point, I don't believe anyone would ever design, manufacture, and sell such a thing.