Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Teardrop, by Lisa Mason

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2015; 7,163 words
Rating: 2, Not recommended

On a very alien world, the human executive director of the "Cultivation" project has gone native, and he resists the people sent to arrest him .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: The descriptions of the mountains poking above the clouds are very vivid. Dialogue and narrative--even the pidgin parts--are all well done.

Con: Suspension of disbelief is challenged at almost every turn. The Network wouldn't try to make John do his job--they'd fire him and replace him. The people sent to arrest him wouldn't sit around and play games with him. Other things don't add up. Enough traces of the poisonous air below would work its way up to the top. Gravity is not much less on mountains than it is in valleys. You'd expect people to fall from their olo's and die (this isn't like falling off a surfboard). Human life would be poisonous to creatures from the lower levels--and they'd hardly have learned to be attracted to blood.

Worst of all, a human and an alien cannot have a child together.

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