Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mom in the Moon, by Muri McCage

(SF) Little Poppy and Captain Drew climb a mountain for a once-in-a-year chance to communicate with her mom. (3,436 words)

Rating: 1, Needs Improvement

"Mom in the Moon," by appeared in the October 2016 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, published , by .

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

Pro: It's rather moving that the little girl is probably saying goodbye to her mother for the last time.

Con: The story is one slug of as-you-know-bob dialogue after another. If you can get past that, the setup makes no scientific sense at all. Why is the colony on the less-habitable moon? Why does the moon take a whole year to orbit close enough to the planet for communication? Why didn't they colonists have greenhouses to grow vegetables in? Why would the leadership of the colony be hereditary? Etc.

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