Friday, July 1, 2016

Sephine and the Leviathan, by Jack Schouten

(SF) Sephine plans to launch herself  up to the Leviathan ship that has her colony trapped. But she's never done anything like this before. (14,172 words)

Rating: 1, Needs Improvement

, by appeared in the July 2016 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine (Issue 118), published .

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

Sephine doesn't do much of this adventure herself; one AI or another leads her through it by the nose.

The narration is pretty bad--heavy with editorializing.

The science in this story is really atrocious. Just for one example, the Vierendelen orbits the planet "outside its gravity well" gets hit by a missile that knocks it into the "pull of the gravity well" which causes it to crash. The description of decrypting an encrypted message is just as bad.

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