Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lifeboat, by Rich Larson

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(SF) In three days, the Synthetic Fleet arrives, and all the colonists on Lazy Susan will die. The narrator and his partner sell cryobeds to the highest bidders, but one lady has an unusual offer. (5,387 words; Time: 17m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Lifeboat," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 264, published on by .

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Pro: They take the girl after all, buying into the hope she sort of offers, and the narrator and his partner work out their differences over it.

The descriptions of the dying city feel very real.

Con: It's a little hard to believe that the evacuees would have anything they could use to buy their passage. You'd think all their money would be worthless at the end.

There's a good bit of bad science here, even though none of it's important to the story. Red dwarf stars last up to a trillion years--the universe isn't old enough to see one die yet. Red dwarf stars don't produce much UV at all--no need for Stork to enhance his skin against it. A planet of a red dwarf would be irrotational, so no morning, afternoon, or night.

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