Friday, July 10, 2020

Bereft, I Come to a Nameless World, by Benjamin Rosenbaum


(Far-Future SF) An ancient transhuman fleeing a disaster of its own making comes to a distant world looking for an old friend. (5,693 words; Time: 18m)

"Bereft, I Come to a Nameless World," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07-08|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.350 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s interesting that these transhuman constructs, even after half a million years, still can’t get the hang of social engineering. Siob is seeking redemption, and seems to find it at the end.

Con: It’s hard to take the story seriously when the world Siob is coming from seems to be named “We wipe with a wee little doll.” That aside, the whole “bedlam scene” is way too long and confusing and just plain dull. At the end, I’m not really sure what was accomplished or how.

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