Benjamin 2073 by Rjurik Davidson

Benjamin 2073 by Rjurik Davidson
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (27 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

In the year 2073, humanity is making progress toward restoring the environment and fixing the mistakes of the past.

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When at first you don’t succeed, clone, clone again.

The character development for both of the main characters was handled nicely. My first impression of Ellie was of someone who was intelligent but at times also too stubborn for her own good. Finding out the reasons why she behaved this way only made me like her even more than I already did. She felt like a real person to me. This pattern was repeated with Thien, the other researcher at her lab. He had a well-developed sense of empathy and could be pedantic about the way things were done, but once again his biggest flaw was something that made perfect sense once I got to know him better.

I would have liked to see more foreshadowing included for the twist ending. It seemed to spring up out of nowhere, and that felt out of place when compared to all of the foreshadowing that was included for the other elements of the plot. I would have gone up another full star in my rating if this has happened as the last scene was satisfactory once I adjusted to the fact that there were virtually no hints about what was to come there.

By far my favorite scenes were the ones that talked about how Ellie and Thien were creating new thylacines. The science behind it was fascinating, especially given how many times they’d already tried to bring this species back from extinction without success. They were in danger of having their whole project shut down for good due to a lack of funding when this tale began, so there was a real sense of urgency with every new method they tried. I was mesmerized by their race against time and couldn’t wait to find out if they’d be successful.

Anyone who loves reading about cloning or hopeful visions of what humanity’s future might be like should give Benjamin 2073 a try.

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