Monday, January 18, 2016

Drummer, by Thomas R. Dulski

(SF) Dale Maygan has sold Fermi Furnaces on planets along the "great circle" for twenty years. He meets young Barclimas Tragg, more con-man than salesman, and tries to help him despite his better judgment. (14,419 words)

Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

"Drummer," by appeared in the March 2016 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Facts, published , by .

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

Pro: Dale starts off lonely, ready to settle down. His interest in Barclimas seems like a desire to give advice to the son he never had. The story arc gradually takes Dale back to Earth to make a home, and it takes Barclimas to Hell.

Con: Not a lot happens in this story, nor does it have any aha moments. Dale is an almost completely passive observer, and Barclimas' efforts are largely futile as well.

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