Saturday, October 10, 2015

Transfer Point, by Barry N. Malzberg and Bill Pronzini

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, April 2015; ~3,000 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Amusing tale of an immigration officer on the moon in 2289 faced with the news that the immigration office will be moving to Mars.

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

Pro: The story gives plenty of hints that something is wrong. The odd news, the euphoria, the strange willingness to let dubious characters go through. The conclusion that the supervisor had to be behind it makes sense as well.

Con: The narrator is very obnoxious and full of him/herself. The story is very linear. The concept behind it all--that the supervisor hypnotized the narrator--doesn't really hold up very well. You'd think the supervisor would have better ways to smuggle people in.

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Starts very average but the mystery and the little twist towards the end saved it. It’s well suited for its medium as a short story. The supervisor could probably had gotten away with it had he went with a less grander lie though :)