Monday, September 14, 2015

Tumbling Dice, by Ron Collins

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2015; ~5,700 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

A space gambler meets a girl he's got to have--even though he knows she's on the make.

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

We kind of like Jupe. He takes life as it comes to him, and he's happy when he lucks out. We like it that this girl means something to him. It's silly of him, but at least it's a goal. We don't like her quite so much, but we're still happy to see them get together.

This is very soft SF. The author tosses buzzwords around (e.g. Oort Cloud) without seeming to know what they mean. Jupiter's motivations, such as they are, are obvious to us, but Kaatji's motivation to be with Jupe is a lot harder to credit. What does she see in him?

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