Thursday, February 13, 2020

Eyes of the Crocodile, by Malena Salazar Maciá

[Clarkesworld]
★★☆☆☆

(Post-Apocalypse) Mandisa has to leave her tribe when she’s infected by the nanobots that destroyed civilization. (2,455 words; Time: 08m)


"," by (translated by Toshiya Kamei, edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 161, published on .

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Pro: Mandisa is sure that more can be done with the nanobots than hide from them. That even though they’ll transform her body, she’ll gain knowledge of her ancestors and be able to do something.

Con: It’s really hard to imagine a nanotech apocalypse like the one she describes. If people had nanotech to fight off the flu and something went wrong, you’d expect all those people to die. The nanotech wouldn’t play games with them.

And at the end, she’s turned into something different for sure, but what was the point?

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