Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ice, by Rich Larson

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At 16, freshly moved to an alien planet, Sedgewick plans to meet some local boys for a midnight challenge/initiation, but his 14-year-old brother tags along. (3,778 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: GDozois:5

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 109, published on .

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Pro: Great story of an outsider with a handicap (being normal in this case) earning his way into a group of locals. Great the way Sedgewick shows he really cares about his brother. And, at the end, we learn Fletcher really cares what Sedgewick thinks too.

Con: The ending felt a little off. Perhaps it was more realistic this way, but it was just a little disappointing. The idea that the whales were swimming in liquid methane is a howler, but it's not critical to the story. It would have helped to have some idea why Sedgewick couldn't have mods--as it is, that seemed arbitrary.

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