Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Master's Voice, by Brendan DuBois

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 2015; 4,919 words
Rating: 2, Not recommended  Recommended By: io9

Today is Jake's 7th birthday (13 Earth years), and the celebration formally makes him a man.

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

This isn't really a story. It's just an account of the ceremony.

The bald man with a mustache is Robert Heinlein, and the poem/song is The Green Hills of Earth. to a great extent, the whole story is just a setup to reveal that this colony is a group of Heinlein admirers.

It's mildly annoying that the night is supposed to be much colder than the day. But the atmosphere on Mars is so close to a vacuum, that there isn't likely to be much difference between night time and daytime standing in a shadow.

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