Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wakers, by Sean Monaghan

(Colony Ship SF) Grayson, the caretaker on the Sirius needs to awaken one of the sleeping crew to take his place. Which means explaining what went wrong. (6,952 words)

Rating: 2, Not Recommended

"Wakers," by appeared in the August 2016 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, published July 14, 2016, by .

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

Pro: Grayson does actually wake someone up. And the description of the ship's plight is interesting.

Con: The whole thing is too implausible. Earth would have never got tired of offering suggestions. Newly awakened crew would have explored this sort of idea before. Although it's also true that at 15% of c (or even at 1% of c) there's just no way for the ship to be captured by a star system. Nor is there any way for them to catch a comet--not zipping past it at 15% c. Finally, the AI needed his command to awaken people, and yet at the end it awakens his lost love, condemning her to die on the ship, despite his order not to do so.

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