Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Apache Charley and the Pentagons of Hex, by Allen M. Steele

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(Far-Future SF) Humans were given just one "hex" on the Dyson structure, but "joyriders" like to break the rules and explore the place. Including the seven "hexagons" that only have five sides. (7,276 words; Time: 24m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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"Apache Charley and the Pentagons of Hex," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: It's a fun story, as far as it goes, with everyone exploring the space and wondering about those pentagons.

Con: The ending is a disappointment. The pentagon is off-limits, and Charlie gets a mild punishment. Worse, this all happens off-stage; our POV character never experiences it.

The math and science are terrible. If the sphere had 2 gs at the equator, you'd have to go all the way to 60 degrees north or south to reach 1 g. At just 300 miles an hour, the trams would take years to cross that distance, not days.

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