Sunday, September 13, 2015

Into the Fiery Planet, by Gregor Hartmann

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(Far-Future SF; Franden) Young man helping terraform a volcanic planet gets a chance to show he can do more than grunt work. (4,778 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Into the Fiery Planet," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 07-08|15, published on by .

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Pro: Nice description of ordinary people trying to make it in a very complicated larger universe. Meeting his teammates when they're rehearsing a skit makes them feel very real, very human. Franden's decision to turn the planet's drawbacks into advantages (and his realization that his elite background can be an asset and not something to be ashamed of) makes the ending particularly satisfying.

Con: The idea of terraforming a place like Zephyr is very silly, as is the idea that Tensen would consider keeping Zephyr and abandoning other, more reasonable worlds.

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