Monday, November 21, 2016

The Continuing Saga of Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, by James Van Pelt

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(SF Adventure) Everyone calls Tomika "Space Cadet," but she really feels she doesn't belong in this world. (5,126 words; Time: 17m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Good adventure, plenty of laughs
Recommended By: SFRevu:4 RHorton:4 Readers

Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, was a 1950s TV show inspired by Heinlein's novel, Space Cadet.

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

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Pro: Tomika wants to be a real space cadet. Jacob just wants to live somewhere where he's appreciated. Both achieve their dreams.

Her parents and teachers are hilariously inapt. My favorite is when she says, "I thinking of starting a terrorist cell. We'll call ourselves the High School Freedom Front. I might get a tattoo," and her parents just nod and keep talking about bushes.

The ending is somewhat predictable, but modern stories don't always have happy endings, so there's enough tension to make the outcome enjoyable.

We wonder how long it will take before her parents notice she's gone.

Con: Jacob is a little hard to believe.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Hi, Greg. Thanks for the story notes. I'm glad the piece worked for you.

    1. Thanks for writing it and for taking the time to comment!