Greg Egan won a couple of awards and he shows some good story-telling here.
Room-temperature superconductors would be a real hit for the inventor and Western economy in general. But when the inventor is an Afghani girl Latifa being schooled in Iran, it is a different thing. The author builds a believable genius character in a difficult setting that she has to master somehow.
The story discusses the importance of informal education.
This is one of the longer stories – and where I would have wished for more elaboration with some of the shorter stories, this one could have been shortened without loosing too much.