Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Cyclopterus, by Peter Watts

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Thriller) Alistor’s company hires a sub to explore the deep ocean floor for resources, but the world is falling apart, and the pilot resents him. (5,742 words; Time: 19m)

"Cyclopterus," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2019.464 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The real story here is the conversation between Alistor and Koa. We learn just how bad things have become, how hopeless they are, and how much resentment there is for the “zero pointers” (the ultra rich). It’s pretty clear that Alistor isn’t what he seems to be, but his attempts to learn Koa’s sympathies could either be trying to trap her or recruit her, and we really don’t know which until almost the very end.

Con: The future described is pretty hard to believe. If things really were that bad, civilization itself would have collapsed.

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