Friday, September 25, 2015

Very Long Conversations, by Gwendolyn Clare

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 2015; 5,300 words
Rating: Rating 2, Not recommended

Becca is part of a team evaluating a new colony planet when she finds evidence there may already be intelligent life there.

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

Pro: Kudos for two very non-human alien species. The concept of a very slow language is also interesting. And the baby alien manages to be adorable, even though the appear to look like giant scorpions.

Con: What sinks this story is too many infodumps. It's also hard to buy the idea that a communication system that's so slow would actually be a language.

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