Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Mighty Slinger, by Karen Lord and Tobias S. Buckell

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(Far-Future SF) Developers are planning to resurface the entire Earth to create properties for people from Mars and Venus. But can an old singer and his band rally the solar system against it? (9,647 words; Time: 32m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Recommended
Recommended By: NClarke

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"The Mighty Slinger," by and (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Euclid wants to go home when he retires, and that means having an Earth to retire to. The whole story is about his fight to do exactly that. He even gives up his family and friends at the end, just because he wants to see the Earth whole again.

The story works as a metaphor for how destructive projects ruin the environment here on Earth, in the real world, and it offers the hope that ordinary people can stand together and stop it.

Con: The corporation is a cardboard villain. The science is questionable in several places. (E.g. why would there be an advantage to crossing Mercury's orbit? How would a few planets possibly use the energy from a Dyson ring?)

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