Book Review: “Proof by Induction” by Jose Pablo Iriarte (five stars)

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Book Review: “Proof by Induction” by Jose Pablo Iriarte (five stars)

(Uncanny Magazine Issue 40)

“Are you—”  “Dead?” His father gestured toward the inactive monitors. “Apparently so.”

As with the best of all genres, science fiction is merely part of the setting for this excellent short story about inter-generational relations. Even after death. Iriarte takes the reader deep into Paulie’s mind, even as Paulie is focused on something else.

“You’re the smartest person I ever met. You would see through any faking.” Paulie blinked. A compliment.

A lot is implied but not stated about settings and technology. And that’s fine.

Did his father feel anything for him like what he feels for Maddie? Deduction is useless here.

(2022 Hugo Awards short story finalist)

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