Monday, December 19, 2016

The Shallowest Waves, by Thoraiya Dyer and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

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(Hard SF) Charlotte dreams of seeding Europa with life, if only she can find someone to fund it. (7,412 words; Time: 24m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

"The Shallowest Waves," by and (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|17, published on by .

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Pro: Two interesting themes come together here: seeding a new world with life and looking for life on another world.

Con: The unnatural dialogue makes it very hard to enjoy this story. It also suffers from infodumps, as-you-know-Bob dialogue, and editorializing.

Beyond that, it's not clear what Charlotte's project really was meant to accomplish. The people rejecting her seem to have good cause. Her sacrifice and suicide seem pointless.

Likewise, Jurek appears to be risking his life for no reason at all. Why mess up the safety features? It seems to be that he takes chances just for the fun of it.

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