Monday, November 21, 2016

Jewels From the Sky, by Brendan Dubois

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(Military SF) Amy works doing salvage in space, and she plans something special to celebrate being certified for solo work. (6,084 words; Time: 20m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Jewels From the Sky," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 12|16, published on by .

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Pro: The basic plot, that Amy has been a good little girl for two years while waiting for the right moment to take her revenge, is a good one.

Con: There are too many disbelief-busters for this story to be enjoyable. For starters, it has a corporate cardboard-villain, which is mean just to be mean. Second, the idea that the Colonel would recruit Amy after shooting her friends and relatives in front of her is just nuts. Third, it's ludicrous that a probationary new employee managed to secure enough incontrovertible data to get the all-powerful company in trouble (apparently murder didn't rate).

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