Thursday, November 3, 2016

Dinosaur Killers, by Chris Kluwe

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(Apocalypse) The war between the governments on Earth and the corporate habitats in orbit isn't going to end well. (1,507 words; Time: 05m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by , appeared in issue 78, published on .

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Pro: The powerful intro where we learn how Jaurez lost his partner and family when Earth destroyed their habitat, and so he revenged them and ended his own pain by destroying an Earth city reminds us that this is a story about individual suffering, not just an abstraction.

Fang's proposal to start over on Mars is predictable, but unrealistic. Two people can't rebuild the human race (not enough genetic diversity). The narrator tells us he/she has spend his/her whole life "falling" and doesn't see the point of living. We're sad, but not surprised at the end when the narrator chooses to fall, not to follow.

Con: Assuming we're reading the ending right. The text appears to describe Fang's departure for Mars as "falling" too. Ultimately, we're just not sure what happened at the end.

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