Another Peter Pan spin off that’s rather similar to Lost Boy.
Pan was first published in January 2016 as a short story for Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine whereas Lost Boy was published in July 2017, which is curious: was Pan the catalyst for Lost Boy?
But, whatever, glad to have them both as they’re both definite must reads for all fans of Peter Pan and things Neverland, and Pan definitely deserves a place in the “Peter Pan and Neverland” hall of fame.
An AI is put in charge of looking after a space ship with thousands of people in hibernation pods. The journey is to last thousands of years and the AI has no one to talk to …
… and so the AI starts to have a bit of a mental health crisis.
I really enjoy good AI stories and this is certainly a good one. As machines become more intelligent one can imagine that they will begin to break down due to similar issues: what are we going to do with these machines when we don’t have them crunching data and they can do many years of thinking in a few seconds?
Food for thought.
My only complaint about this is that it is way to short for such a brilliant idea. I would have loved this very premise to be played out in a novella at least. But we can’t have everything we want.