Sunday, February 28, 2016

New Earth, by James Gunn

(Hard SF) Human colonists arrive at a new world but debate how cautious they need to be, given that there's no animal life. (2,746 words)

Rating: 1, Needs Improvement

"New Earth," by appeared in the March 2016 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, published , by .

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

There's very little story here; it's mostly infodumps plus as-you-know-Bob dialogue. The bits of dialogue that aren't infodumps are highly unnatural.

The story challenges disbelief at every turn. There's no way the people would wake up and have no plan for how to proceed nor even an order for waking others up. You'd have expected a test animal or two as well. And, of course, the whole idea of sending people to another world because Earth was ruined is ludicrous. Short of a really big nuclear war, it will always be far easier to "terraform" Earth than any other planet. 

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