Wednesday, August 10, 2011

...Plus C'est la Meme Chose

Probability Zero Flash Fiction by Arlan Andrews, Sr.

The title comes from the French proverb: "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" or "the more things change, the more they stay the same." And that pretty well sums up this story.

Matter Transmitting (a la Star Trek Transporters) is a emerging technology, and Choppers are the logical descendants of modern hacking culture. Shenanigans like transporting fossils to the moon to confuse scientists are mentioned in the background of this Chopping competition. The winning entry is pretty funny, and remarkably unsurprising when you think about it. Funny and short, Probability Zero is often one of the highlights of an Analog issue.

3.5 second-order Monty Python references out of 5.

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