Sunday, August 4, 2019

The Second Nanny, by Djuna

[Clarkesworld]
★☆☆☆☆

(SF Adventure) Post-humans on a space station at Triton try to defend their “Mother” AI from attack by an evil “Father” AI. (16,046 words; Time: 53m)


"," by (translated by Sophie Bowman, edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 155, published on .

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Review: 2019.439 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It has its moments, particularly during the fight scenes. Brook is a fun character. She may be a post-human teenager, but she’s still a teenager, and her views on things are entertaining.

Con: Intrusive narration is a persistent problem, although dialogue is okay, and the author controls point-of-view on a per-scene basis.

The science is dreadful, starting with the claim that because Titan’s atmosphere is hydrocarbons, any rocket trying to land there would explode. On the bright side, there’s very little science in this story.

The “Father” AI which spread its seed around the system and emits waves of hatred was really silly, and beating it because it can’t recognize a person in a spacesuit seemed pretty far-fetched.

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