This is part of my Hugo award reading. It was nominated as a part of the best Novelette category. This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge.
This is not my kind of story, let that be said from the get go. I don’t particularly like stories that has a lot of exposition – especially not when it isn’t better handled. To me the exposition was done clumsily and most of it was really not needed for the story. Particularly a very short discussion of American foreign politics seemed out of place – it wasn’t new in any way, it didn’t move the story along and it didn’t develop the characters.
This is very much a story about tech, and if I were to tell you what the story was about, I would be left fending for an answer.To me Dan wasn’t a particularly likeable or even interesting character. Good at his job but rather arrogant. He never does anything interesting other than goof around a bit.
Overall it felt like a very old fashion story. It is the first story I ever read from Analog, and I hope for the magazine’s sake that this wasn’t the best story they put out last year. I am sorry to say that I am disappointed.
Published: February 2013 by Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Read: July 14, 2014
The author: male, white, USA
The protagonist: Dan Jaraczuk, straight, American, able-bodied.