Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Arnheim's World, by Therese Arkenberg

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May 2015; ~4,600 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

In the far future, a rich recluse terraforms an entire world just for himself and his few remaining friends.

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

Aren't two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's consent. 
Matthew 29:10

Pro: This is really about Sara's struggle over whether saving a group of unknown people is worth losing her oldest and dearest friendship. Technically he did say that she could invite whomever she wanted.

Con: Although it is foreshadowed, it's quite a coincidence that the colony fails while they're visiting. Also, a star system is a rather big thing to hide--it's hard to buy the idea that the place isn't registered one way or another.

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