Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Nameless He, by Robert Reed


(Space Opera; Great Ship) A captain on the Great Ship gives a nameless robot the task of studying the enigmatic wreck of an ancient starship. (8,983 words; Time: 29m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 167, published on .

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Review: 2020.409 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The charm of any Great ship story is the setting. The planet-sized vehicle full of ancient races, including immortal human beings, offers endless opportunities to showcase wonderous things.

In this story, we have a nameless male robot who spends around a thousand years or so researching what increasingly seems to be a very ancient technology, while political intrigue outside his research area occasionally inserts itself.

Con: All the interesting action seems to be happening elsewhere, and Nameless He has zero influence on any of it. The story ends without much of anything having happened.

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