Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Perfect Sail, by I-Hyeong Yun


(SF Adventure) A wealthy woman has the multiverse searched for divergent versions of herself who’re near death, offering to add them to her personality, and they always accept. Up until now. (9,308 words; Time: 31m)

"," by (translated by Elisa Sinn and Justin Howe, edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 160, published on .

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Review: 2020.034 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: There are a lot of creative ideas in this story. I particularly liked the notion of a tribe of immortals and a breakaway branch that eschews immortality for freedom.

Con: The worst part about this story is the endless infodumps. Half-way through the story, there’s still no coherent plot, but it’s still infodumping about Roo in our world’s South Africa.

I found this world a chaos of unbelievable things. An intelligence a few millimeters high capable of flying unharmed through the air at several kilometers per second—but bursts into flame when outside the atmosphere. A multiverse that humans can’t explore, but a creature made of the right “alloy” can. A universal method of finding a persons analogues in alternate realities that only works when they’re near death. Plants that turn into animals just because you cut them up. And the whole idea of integrating another person into your mind.

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