Sunday, December 11, 2016

Another Day in Paradise, by Amy DuBoff

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(Military SF) No one knows why the Selarks want to steal such a poor colony, but the humans are defending it to the death. (3,012 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Another Day in Paradise," by (edited by Ian Whates), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The story has plenty of action, plenty of tension, and we really feel for Sergeant Jackson when he learns he's killed men from their own side. We know he'll never recover from this--he'll always be wondering why he didn't do it differently, and that puts their victory over the Selarks into perspective.

Con: The entire story is battle scenes. Nothing develops the character of Jackson or his men. Their victory isn't a noble thing either; they win through superior firepower and tactics. It's the victory of the videogamer over the monsters or the exterminator over the roaches.

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