Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Light on Eldoreth, by Nick Wolven


(Space Opera) Two wealthy men meet to discuss a wedding contract between their children, and we learn a lot about the state of the galaxy in the process. (7,111 words; Time: 23m)

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"The Light on Eldoreth," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 09-10|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.519 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story raises interesting questions about how a post-scarcity, pan-galactic civilization highly dependent on automation might organize itself.

Beyond that, it’s really just a narrative of how one rich man ultimately decided another man’s son wasn’t a fit match for his daughter. But not because of the sadistic notions of the other father or the reluctance of the prospective groom—only because the groom seemed to have unacceptable religious beliefs.

Con: The galaxy is a pretty big place. It’s hard to believe the entire galaxy would be a single, homogenous culture. And it’s sad to think in all that time (a million years maybe?) we’d have made so little progress in setting reasonable expectations for men and women.

The notion of a pain-motivated AI doesn’t make a lot of sense.

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