Friday, June 10, 2016

A Violent Wind, by Andrew Barton

★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(Hard SF) Commander Krasniqi's ship has a malfunction during aerobraking, and she and the crew struggle to repair it before the ship enters atmosphere again. (4,855 words; Time: 16m)

"A Violent Wind," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|16, published on by .

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Pro: The technical problem is a real one. After aerobraking, a ship will be in an orbit with periapsis inside the atmosphere. It will have to make a burn at apapsis or else eventually burn up.

Con: The narration is almost all purple prose, and the dialogue is unnatural. The captain's behavior is irrational to the point where you wonder if she's lost her mind. The episode where the Chief Engineer dies is unbelievable for a different reason: no one seems to make any attempt to figure out what happened to him.

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