Saturday, December 10, 2016

Between Nine and Eleven, by Adam Roberts

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(Military SF) The war against the alien Trefoil was going well until they unleashed an unexpected weapon. (2,917 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended
Recommended By: RHorton:5

"Between Nine and Eleven," by (edited by Ian Whates), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The story setup and the leading fight scenes are pretty good. Long enough to be interesting but not so long as to defuse the tension.

Con: The notion of a weapon that makes the number 10 go away is just silly. I found it impossible to suspend disbelief for that.

The captain is a rather passive character. Modi is the one who solves the problem while the captain is "worse than useless."

Butane is a compound, not an element, so it makes no sense to speak of "the butane nucleus." It does have ten hydrogen atoms, though.

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