Thursday, September 29, 2016

Petra And The Blue Goo, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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(SF Humor) Petra is all that stands between the rare books in the library and the alien scavanger hunt that threatens to destroy them all. (4,300 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"Petra And The Blue Goo," by (edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt), appeared in Galactic Games (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Petra does eventually save her books, and she even gets the promotion she wanted. Ironically, she's librarian of a library that doesn't allow anyone to read the books.

Con: The discovery that this was a plot to steal the valuable books is just sprung on us near the end of the story.

It's already hard to believe anyone would bring a physical book on a plane trip; it seems vanishingly unlikely that anyone would bring them on interstellar journeys.

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