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Author Topic: EP204: The Fifth Zhi  (Read 16442 times)


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Reply #20 on: July 27, 2009, 11:21:06 PM
Didn't work for me I'm afraid. Quite dull and uninteresting. Also didn't quite go with the reading -- too over-enunciated making it seem cramped and formal.


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Reply #21 on: August 01, 2009, 08:34:07 PM
I did like this story, except for a imagination glitch that was my own fault.

For some reason, I imagined the protagonist as a monkey.  I have no idea why.  I tried to change him into a human, but he stayed a monkey, ever since I read the title.

Have I been listening to too much Jonathan Coulton?

Anyway, great story, although it makes my head hurt to imagine something not mass-based.


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Reply #22 on: August 03, 2009, 03:34:34 AM
For some reason, I imagined the protagonist as a monkey.  I have no idea why.  I tried to change him into a human, but he stayed a monkey, ever since I read the title.

Great idea!  next time I'm bored with a story I'm going to do this.


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Reply #23 on: September 05, 2009, 12:41:25 AM
Cool story indeed!  Does anyone know which Daikaiju track plays at the end of EP204? It sounds way cool and I want to buy it!

EDIT: found it on wikipedia:

Escape Pod's music is provided by surf rock band Daikaiju with the band's permission. The opening theme is the instrumental song "The Final Phase," and the closing theme is "Choujikuu Mitsukai" ("Super-Dimensional Angels"). Both are from the album The Phasing Spider Menace,.

Next question: where to get it??? Seems like it's not being sold anymore.  Any links / torrents?
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Reply #24 on: October 12, 2009, 07:17:31 PM
This one came down right in the middle for me.  I could not connect with the "absent father", but I enjoyed the tech, and I thought the clones were very well done.  There were also a few disconnects, like how long it would take to climb anything into the ionosphere and beyond, out into microgravity.  5/10

The cow says "Mooooooooo"

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Reply #25 on: December 12, 2009, 11:48:03 AM
We're listening to this story today as part of Science Fiction Saturday, a weekly science fiction discussion group in Second Life.

The meeting is Saturday 12 December at 2.00pm Pacific Standard Time (Second Life Time) at the Bookstacks venue if you're attending!


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Reply #26 on: April 27, 2010, 01:53:37 PM
I'm on the fence on this one.

When it started with a clone army, I groaned.  I've seen a bunch of stories with big groups of clones as the protagonist and they rarely appeal to me.  I'm not sure why, it just seems like the characters, despite differentiating characteristics, are just too similar.

It bothered me that they decided to wage warfare on this thing because of nightmares.  And then continued on that path even when there's hints of sentience:  "Well, we decided to attack it, so we're attacking it" is about as ironclad as the parental justification "Because I said so".  That wasn't really a flaw in the story though, just something that bothered me with its plausibility.

But I do like a couple things in particular:
1.  Meeting with aliens where method of communication is not obvious, and may even be impossible.
2.  The exchange between #5 and Dad "You thought you mattered."  Ouch!


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Reply #27 on: January 21, 2012, 04:14:16 AM
This story was really about, what we are if we were no longer the top of the food chain. How would we react. I also loved
the implication that the robot is way more human than we wanted to believe, and that is convenient at the time, but that is the
only reason he was able to save us, because how he didn't conform, how he was himself and lonely. It is a wonderful rabbit
whole I had a blast exploring. This by no means has a happy ending, but in that it acctually is a succesful ending. Triumphant
even. This is a great bundle that leaves you with so much to chew on.
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