Monday, December 12, 2016

Pickaxes and Shovels, by Christopher Nuttall

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(Military SF) No one expected war on the moon. Jack and his team were engineers, not soldiers. But they had some ideas for fighting back. (4,500 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Pickaxes and Shovels," by (edited by Ian Whates), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Nicely plotted, this story has tension at the right points and a happy ending.

Con: The characters are completely two-dimensional. We can tell Tanya apart solely because she's a woman, but the three guys might as well be one.

The idea of a fusion reactor on the moon beaming power back to Earth is a little hard to swallow.

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