Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nesting Dolls, by Jacob A. Boyd

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(Generation Ship SF) Garen and his little brother live in the outer shell of the ship, but they have an unhealthy curiosity about the people who live inside. (8,309 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended
Recommended By: RHorton:4

"Nesting Dolls," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09|16, published on by .

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Pro: The scenes where the two boys interact with each other come across as realistic.

Con: Page after page of scientific and technical nonsense. The author doesn't even appear to know what a galaxy is. Nor are the characters very believable. The inner-shell people seem to keep making one irrational decision after another, which makes the whole thing hard to believe.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. The idea of each (newer, faster) ship helping the other go faster was pretty interesting though

    1. Bad stories in Analog usually have one or two cool ideas that seem to be their entire purpose. Their editors seem to be willing to forgive quite a lot for a story with a cool idea in it.