Saturday, June 12, 2010

Soiree - Alastair Reynolds

Short Story

Number of words : 4800
Percent of complex words : 13.2
Average syllables per word : 1.5
Average words per sentence : 13.4


Fog : 10.6
Flesch : 63.4
Flesch-Kincaid : 7.7


Alice Hodgkin

A human personality.

Gil Peterson

A human personality and Alice's colleague.

Captain Prescott Fisher

Of the Starcrosser.

Georgina Crane

Starcrosser, antimatter physics and swimming expert.



An interstellar colony planet.

Glimmer Bay

Near Benevolence's equator.



Human Interstellar ship.


Planetary Coordination Commitee

Running the show on Benevolence.



When machine intelligence overtakes human.

A human ship reaches the planet Benevolence, and upon awakening are surprised to find people there ahead of them. They are welcomed and put at their ease about fitting in.

However, that is not the whole story. The Starcrosser left to escape the Singularity. However, humanity's successors beat them there. The first time they were awakened the humans turned violent, killed one of their hosts and were in turn killed. However, the Benevolents worked out how to reanimate bodies and restore minds, and went through the process again, perfecting the simulation and illusion.

They decided that some of their number needed to forego their greater civilisation and instead live as humans, and integrate the newcomers. This sacrifice of course makes Alice sad.

4 out of 5

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