Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Alastair Reynolds' "Scales" (short story, war, free): On mindlessness of war

Actually, it's mostly quite readable nonsense, provided you're comfortable with phrases like "N-dimensional tangle of interconnected wormhole pathways", "an artificial construct actually embedded in the tangle, floating on a semi-stable node like a dark thrombosis", "reality stack", ...

See also.

  1. Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War": Conceptually the same idea - futility of war, since after a while, no one remembers what the war was about. But Haldeman's is a far more interesting story.

Fact sheet.

First published:, July 2009, as a podcast.
Download full text from Lightspeed. [via Best Science Fiction Stories]
Rating: B.
Related: Stories of Alastair Reynolds.