Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Briz, by Jay Werkheiser

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(Alien SF) When the alien starship has an accident, they have to skip their original target star and find a new one. That turns out to be a hard decision to make. (3,672 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Briz," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|17, published on by .

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Pro: The plot is straightforward: Briz wants to show that he can salvage their mission, and that his choice of the brighter star is both achievable and desirable. He overcomes the treachery of Squeech, goes into hibernation safely.

Con: There’s a lot of bad science here. For example, a starship can’t do a useful gravitational assist with a star.

The attempt to describe how the aliens communicate makes this a difficult read.

Although it appears that the aliens are heading to Earth hoping to find boron here, absolutely nothing is done with the idea. They might as well be headed anywhere.

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