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For Want of a Nail by Mary Robinette Kowal
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Dec 28, 2015

it was ok
bookshelves: scifi, 1ebook, 2fiction
Read on July 08, 2011

This is a free short story, nominated for a Hugo Award in 2010. It's available from the author's website as well as Asimov's Magazine site where it was originally published in Sep10.
http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com/jou...

Well done in some ways, the story didn't really grab me by the heart the way it could have. With just a few characters & in a few words, Kowal did a good job of painting the world & the problem was believable in general, but failed badly on the specifics.

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The brother's emotions & contentions seemed pasted in for effect & weren't particularly believable to me nor did I care for their indifference about recycling, especially since this was the original cause. Obviously the logic of their society in this regard wasn't perfect, yet the two main characters behaved as if it was.

The parallels between dementia & an AI's lack of long term storage were interesting & the saving grace of this story. It is an interesting concept.
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