Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Travelling into Nothing, by An Owomoyela

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(Far-Future SF) Kiu Alee escapes a death sentence by agreeing to pilot a very special vehicle to a very xenophobic arcology in deep space. (6,583 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Recommended

"Travelling into Nothing," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The ship will take the pilot "home," but Kiu Alee doesn't really want to go to the arcology, especially since she realizes they'll never let her leave. Nor does she have any other home to go to, so the ship is unable to take her anywhere. Once she accepts the fact that the arcology really is "home" for her now, the problem should resolve itself, and the story ends.

She's a pathologically angry person, although she denies it to herself, and, of course, it's her anger at her situation that keeps her from being able to direct the ship. She says she doesn't know if she's given up on life or had a breakthrough, but it really seems that she's grown up.

Con: This is a very silly way for someone to have built a starship.

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