Saturday, October 15, 2016

Terpsichore, by Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría

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(Magical SF) Captain Stephana Levitanova commands the first "quantum impulsion platform" which will allow her to explore the galaxy without leaving St. Petersburg. (7,736 words; Time: 25m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆, Needs Improvement

"," by (translated by Lawrence Schimel), appeared in Strange Horizons issue 10/10/16, published on .

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

Pro: The idea of exploring the galaxy by splitting into different individuals in different (but touching) alternate universes is interesting.

Con: The story is pretty much one solid infodump. The dialogue is unnatural, but that's largely the result of the translation (the original Spanish is a better read in this respect). The narration, however, is every bit as intrusive in the original.

Stephana is a poor protagonist, since she isn't doing anything but observing. Her reactions to the deaths of her "co-possibles" aren't credible because she supposedly knew this would happen all along. Her ignorance of everything happening, and her general helplessness are very annoying.

The prosopon's pretentious dialogue (pretentious in the original as well) gets really old fast. He's a god, he knows he's a god, and he likes to rub it in.

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