Thursday, January 1, 2015

Fool's Errand, by Judith Tarr

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Marina is an underemployed scientist managing cargo on a starship when a stasis capsule fails and she finds herself trying to deal with a horse. Heartwarming. (6,800 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Fool's Errand," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|15, published on by .

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Pro: Nice arc from hard-working, frustrated crewmember to respected scientist. She gets what she wants, and it feels she has earned it. Nice too that the author doesn't make her captain out to be a bad guy.

Con: We're told that the expedition was underfunded, so it's impossible to believe that they suddenly found the money to hire someone new. Hiring someone with a scientific background but no real experience (other than menial) seems like a very impulsive thing to do.

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