Saturday 8 October 2022

FOR WANT OF A NAIL by Mary Robinette Kowal


For Want of a NailFor Want of a Nail by Mary Robinette Kowal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I managed to squeeze this short story into my morning routine, and I'm glad I did.

Rava is a wrangler for the AI on her family's generational ship. Cordelia stores all memories and records, but dropping her causes some technical difficulties that lead to other things...

I really enjoyed this. The story might be short and seemingly focuses on the singular problem of trying to fix an AI after accidentally dropping her, but it soon leads to a whole lot of trouble. Actually, the further Rava and her annoying brother delve into the problem, the more they discover. Like an uncle who wasn't completely honest in following the laws, and an AI who finds herself in the same situation as the human she tried to help.

The parallels between Uncle Georgo's hidden condition and Cordelia's disconnect are perfectly portrayed. And the title of the story (from a proverb I had to look up) matches what happens perfectly.

Another great story from this author, which you can read for free on her website: https://maryrobinettekowal.com/journa...

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