Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Blue Ribbon, by Marissa K. Lingen

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(Hard SF; Oort Cloud Stories) Out in the Oort cloud, teen-age Tereza and her sister just won a 4H club competition, but when the kids try to return to the space station, no one answers. (4,400 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: SFEP

"Blue Ribbon," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03|15, published on by .

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Pro: Good story arc, from the station failing to respond up to the rescue at the end. No sugarcoating either; even the little kids can die. It's very touching how responsible Tereza and her friends become, once they realize how serious it all is.

Con: Tereza seems astonishingly unaffected by the loss of her family. She and her friends are immediately discussing how they're going to work together with their new clan. A separate problem is that it seems odd that during a single race the whole station became incapacitated. When the two boys got sick, it took them a day or more to die. How could there be no one on the station able to talk to the kids after their race?

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I liked this one. I'd have given it 3/4. It wasn't exceptional, but it had a good story arc and it was tense in the middle. A pleasant, entertaining story.

    1. I definitely enjoyed it--no question about it. It just didn't have the sophistication I look for in a 4-star story. I often wish for a half-star system, so I could give stories like this one 3.5 stars.

  2. I liked this one too… Totally didn’t expect it to have children literally dying yea… It also potrayed politics well for such a short story