Monday, December 28, 2015

The Gray Sunrise, by Jake Kerr

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(SF) When news arrives of an imminent asteroid strike on North America, 45-year-old Don Willis and his apathetic teenage-son set off together on his yacht. (6,300 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆, Needs Improvement

"The Gray Sunrise," by (edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey), appeared in The End Has Come (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The basic story of a father and son against the elements, with the extra twist of a boy who faces dire need, rises to the occasion, and becomes a man, is very powerful.

Con: The writing quality is very poor. Much of the story is editorializing narration. Emotions are told, not shown. The asteroid strike itself is told, not shown. The dialogue is unnatural. There seem to be some problems with the timeline as well; the asteroid appears to strike twice.

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