Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hold-Time Violations, by John Chu, October 7, 2015; 5,161 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Ellie is trying to catch a train from Boston to DC so she can visit her ailing mother when her sister calls to tell her she needs to "go to the skunkworks and repair the physics of this universe."

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

Pro: Nice job developing the rather bizarre idea that the universe is supported by a network of pipes. The ending makes it clear that Ellie made the right choice without spelling it out in so many words. Daniel's character is well-developed too.

Con:  Daniel is the only character who is well-developed. Ellie feels perilously close to a "Mary Sue."

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