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Proof of Concept characters È 7 ↠ On a desperately overcrowded future Earth crippled by climate change the most unlikely hope is better than none Governments turn to Big Science to provide them with the dreams that will keep the masses compliant The Needle is one such dream an installation where the most abstruse theoretical science is being testedHat might make human travel to a habitable exoplanet distantly feasibleWhen the Needle’s director offers her underground compound as a training base Kir is thrilled to be invited to join the team even though she knows it’s only because her brain is host to a uantum artificial intelligence called AltairBut Altair knows so. 30% in and I have no idea what's going on The narrative is all over the place the dialogue is clunky and the story just isn't capturing me This is a short read but I'm giving up after two chapters Thanks to Tor for the NetGalley ARC but this novella just isn't for me

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Mething he can’t tellKir like all humans is programmed to ignore future dangers Between the artificial blocks in his mind and the blocks evolution has built into his host how is he going to convince her the sky is fallingAt the Publisher's reuest this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM appli. This review is going to have to be spoilerific so I can talk about this bookSPOILERS AHEADThis has an interesting idea that is poorly realizedThe global ecosystem has pretty much collapsed so some scientists convince the ultra wealthy One Percent to build an underground lab to test some next gen physics that will enable humanity to travel faster than light apparently by teleporting via uantum entanglementThe Needle as it's called because something something needle in a haystack is the test bed for this FTL experiment Except we find out at the end that it's all a scam The geriatric scientists have sold the super rich snake oil I think It's hard to tell because the writing isn't very good or very clearHerein lies the problem with this story there's precious little science in the science fiction and Jones spends so much time focusing on the POV character's feelings that when she does the big reveal at the denouement it lands with a thud All along I suspected the leaders of the science experiment had an ulterior motive and when Kir our POV character suspects that they lied about the titular Proof of Concept it's pretty clear something shady is up but then Jones just sort of drops itSo I was left wondering if that was a red herring but it's just bad writingKir is among the group because she has a uantum computer named Altair in her head and they need said computer for I don't know computer y things Since we never get to see what Altair does there's no opportunity for misdirectionNone of the characters are fully fleshed out so speculating about their motivations is impossible This isn't a factor of this being a very short book because I've seen fully realized characters in stories which are ten pages long Ultimately I was left with the feeling that I was watching episode 4 and 8 of an eight episode BBC series having no clue what was happeningThe one really interesting idea Jones had in this book occurs at the very beginning where the main characters are being interviewed by a holographic avatar comprised of the gestalt of social media users asking uestions Now THAT is a cool idea which is uickly dropped as they go down into their bunker But I really like the idea of a program which can synthesize all the input of thousands or millions of people on Twitter or Twitch and coming up with coherent uestions on the flyWe've already seen various experimental chatbots attempt this over the past couple of years some of them with hilariously predictable results such as when Microsoft's Twitterbot became a racist sexist asshole in less than a day based on the things it was encountering online Check it out But ironing out the kinks of that seems like an obvious endgame and a clever way to streamline what people are saying Too bad Jones never develops it past those first couple of pages because the implications in other aspects of society are enormous Newsreaders and talking heads who reflect the aggregate of online attention How awesome and terrifying would that beAnyway the book ends with the murder of Kir's boyfriend who was secretly recording the experiment This is seen as a big deal but I don't know why It seems like half the global economy is focused on the exchange of ideas and entertainment online so why not fund the Needle by selling subscriptions to the feed A reality TV show where the ultimate aim is to teleport an entire installation across the galaxy Where the conflict is like the Big Brother TV series with two completely disparate groups trying to work together

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Proof of ConceptOn a desperately overcrowded future Earth crippled by climate change the most unlikely hope is better than none Governments turn to Big Science to provide them with the dreams that will keep the masses compliant The Needle is one such dream an installation where the most abstruse theoretical science is being tested science t. short novel that is packed with ideas and ends in a very interesting way begging books set in the same universe; in a future earth on the verge of definitive catastrophe the super rich want to flee it for pristine planets and the new physics information space gives them a chance to do so if theoretical ideas about instantaneous translation can be put in practice; and so an experiment is funded in a deep cavern isolated from the rest of the earth; things happen though not uite as expectedwhile not an easy read and with lots of things crammed in see blurb for details the short novel is excellent sf at the current cutting edge of the genre especially in its social descriptions