Friday, September 30, 2016

Stress Cracks, by Anthony R. Cardno

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(Sports SF) Cyndric hopes to win the mens downhill figure skating, and he wishes the media would focus on him not his family. (4,900 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended

"Stress Cracks," by (edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt), appeared in Galactic Games (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The descriptions of the skating are excellent, introducing a bit of tension into the story.

Con: It's impossible to take a story seriously that has a human/alien hybrid in it, but a more serious flaw is that this is just a fragment of a story. It reads like the first chapter of a novel and then it ends abruptly.

Several aspects of the writing are off. For example, when Cyndric doesn't want dinner with Jeremy, he worries that Jeremy will become disinterested. That's a very strange thing to say about someone you're seriously involved with.

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