Everything Is Nice

Beating the nice nice nice thing to death (with fluffy pillows)

‘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.

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Written by Martin

6 September 2011 at 07:51

Posted in sf, short stories

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