Friday, September 25, 2015

The Odds, by Ron Collins

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 2015; 1,100 words
Rating: 4, Recommended

What are the odds that two species at roughly equal levels of development would meet in space and learn to trust each other?

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

Pro: In just 1,000 words, the story develops the background for a genocide and makes it real enough to hurt. We're not even sure if human beings are committing the genocide or if we're the victims of it. It packs a big punch, and it lingers.

Con: This isn't actually a story, in the usual sense. No characters, no dialogue, etc.

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I agree with the rating and the comments. For a very short piece it is effective.