Thursday, September 29, 2016

Green Moss River, by David Farland

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(SF Sports) To earn the right to mate, Panapy females race against hunters from around the galaxy. (6,400 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended

"Green Moss River," by (edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt), appeared in Galactic Games (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: There's a lot of tension, as we root for Lailas and Tevethal to escape Kember.

Con: Kember doesn't do mercy He's cold. He's cynical. And so his decision to spare the two Panapies is simply unbelievable.

A number of smaller problems mar the story. Probably the worst is Kember's speeches to the Panapies, which are painfully corny.

There's lots of faux science that's annoying. For example, Kember checks that the atmosphere has the same methane/sulfur ratio as Earth--except that those are insignificant in Earth's atmosphere. Kember's whole body was rebuilt after he was wounded, but he left a comrade behind because you can't recover from an intestinal wound.

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