Friday, October 11, 2019

Zeitgeber, by Greg Egan


(SF) A family has problems when their little daughter falls out of sync with the usual times everyone else wakes and sleeps. But it’s not just her. (10,336 words; Time: 34m)

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Review: 2019.566 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: A zeitgeber is something that tells our bodies when to be awake and when to sleep. Like sunshine. For the people in this story, all the zeitgebers have quit working, so their internal body clocks are running on their own.

The premise is an interesting one: what happens if a big chunk of the population loses traction with everyone else’s notion of time?

Sam is a great teacher and a great dad. He cares a lot about his daughter and his students, and he’s willing to make sacrifices for them. He’s the best part of the story.

Con: The idea that terrorists could pull off something like this is ludicrous. The notion that they could collect a trillion-dollar ransom and then spend any of it undetected is also ludicrous.

I also didn’t get why the little girl could tell you the time on her internal clock so accurately. I can’t do that. Can anyone else?

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