Brown picks up the story of the spacer and the AI construct embodied in a foxy Venezualan body from the first Conflicts volume. As with that story it’s fast paced, with Ed, Ella (the AI), and Karrie (Ed’s female co-pilot) finding themselves being followed by the space spider bots that were chasing Ella in the previous story. There’s a dramatic shootout in the wreckage of a colossal space hulk, wherein something is found that aids the trio, and which highlights an issue suggested in the title.
- Will Ludwigsen. We Were Wonder Scouts. (Asimovs, August 2011).
- The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011. (ed. Rich Horton, Prime Books 2011)