Saturday, June 29, 2019

What We Named the Needle, by Freya Marske

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) Amy’s people don’t realize they’re sending her off in a lifeboat from their old starship, but fortunately she ends up somewhere she can actually do some good. (4,993 words; Time: 16m)

"What We Named the Needle," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.360 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s clear that the spaceship needs someone to repair it, so it’s not a surprise that it tries to enlist Val to do that. Given Baba’s deteriorated state, it’s sad but predictable that Val ends up killing her.

Con: It’s a pretty huge security hole to allow the system to decide to give someone admin access. Also, in real systems, there is no admin conflict; if two admins issue conflicting orders, the second one generally wins.

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