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Archive for September 6th, 2011

‘Twittering The Stars’ by Marie Ness

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Ness’s story is composed of Tweets. So is my review.

Near-future? No.
Optimistic? No.
Readable? For most of the way.
Good? No.

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6 September 2011 at 20:53

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‘The Solnet Ascendancy’ by Lavie Tidhar

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This is a fun story when it is about building a wireless network on the Pacific island of Vanuata. It is a silly story when it is about the same island building a space elevator a couple of years later. It is a shame because the first half includes a criticism of international aid that shows cynicism and optimism aren’t incompatible. From there, however, Tidhar falls too in love with his premise and zooms of exponentially towards the stars.

Near-future? Well, it seems to manage to compress a century into a decade.
Optimistic? Wildly so.
Readable? Yes.
Good? No.

Written by Martin

6 September 2011 at 07:51

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