Saturday, April 2, 2016

Promised Land, by Bethany Gilton

(SF) Moses spends most of his time playing video games, but occasionally the computer rouses him to remind him he's supposed to be running the starship. (2,122 words)

Rating: 3, Average

"Promised Land," by appeared in the May 2016 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, published , by .

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

Pro: The account of how Robert misused his authority and put the Bold Voyager in peril is captivating. It's chilling to realize that Moses and his predecessors all committed themselves to decades of loneliness just to make the mission succeed.

Con: No matter how well Moses is running the ship, it's not believable that the efficiency has improved enough to reduce the time to destination. It's a little hard to believe that most of the food isn't just grown on the ship rather than stored.

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