Thursday, October 22, 2015

Why the Titanic Hit the Iceberg, by Jerry Oltion

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January/February 2015; ~6,200 words
Rating: 2, Not recommended

Some decades from now, Tony leaves a dying, overheated Earth to take a job on an enormous rotating space habitat, but he's unhappy that it mainly caters to the wealthy.

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The political message is very heavy, and you can't get away from it. But the worst is that the heroes are simply going to kill all the rich people--presumably including children as well as other staff who didn't get the message. Perhaps the story is meant as a metaphor for the Earth itself. How the rich people use it up while the downtrodden can't think of anything better than blowing it up, but, even if so, it's not very good as a story.

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