Thursday, October 6, 2016

One Man's Dignity, by Mark Niemann-Ross

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(Solar System SF) Captain Jerwin has a space station to finish, but she finds time to worry about a crewman past retirement age who can't handle Earth gravity. (7,906 words; Time: 26m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement
Recommended By: SFRevu:4

"One Man's Dignity," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 11|16, published on by .

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Pro: Aspects of the story have promise. The big challenges of building a rotating station and the advantages of having something like normal gravity against are fun to explore.

Con: Nearly the entire story is narration. Most of it is infodumps, much of the rest is "telling not showing." Such dialogue as there is is unnatural. The plot is rather strange as well. It's hard to believe that Jacob would genuinely prefer the utter isolation of a one-way trip to Mars over struggling to recover back on Earth.

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