Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Pale Blue Memories, by Tobias S. Buckell

Old Venus, 2015; ~11,600 words
Rating: 2, Not recommended

Astronauts from an alternate Earth where WWII was a stalemate crash on Venus and are enslaved.

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

The political message drowns the story; it goes on and on an on. The story itself is a dismal one--a simple tale of failure.

If that weren't enough, it's loaded with unbelievable and/or unscientific elements:

  • The missile waited until they reached Venus.
  • The rocket was not destroyed tumbling through the atmosphere.
  • Parachutes were enough to land safely.
  • It took only one month to get to Venus.
  • Yelling to the natives in English is very, very stupid. How did these guys get picked?
  • Giving cyanide pills to the astronauts. 
  • Humans and Venusians could have children.

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