Thursday, October 22, 2015

Long Way Gone, by David L. Clements

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January/February 2015; ~3,400 words
Rating: 1, Needs improvement

A man sends a copy of himself to start civilization on a distant planet, but the copy has trouble adjusting.

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

Pro: There's a good idea for a story in here, about how some copies sent to a new colony are unhappy and what they do about it.

Con: This isn't a story at all. It's like the outline of a story. (It's all "tell" and zero "show.") It doesn't help that the author seriously underestimates how hard it is for human beings to support themselves without lots of technology.

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