Monday, January 9, 2017

Fatherbond, by Tom Purdom

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(Planetary SF) After taking fifty years to reach planet Kendavala, colonists are disappointed to find strict regulations on where they can settle. But is anyone actually going to enforce those rules? (12,109 words; Time: 40m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

"Fatherbond," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 01-02|17, published on by .

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There’s a decent idea for a story here: humans resist an alien presence that restricts colonization. But it’s buried under infodump after infodump. The narration tends towards editorialization, and even the dialogue is riddled with as-you-know-Bob infodumps.

To cap it all off, we don’t even get to find out the result of the attack on the Custodian.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

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    1. So far, I've read every word of every story I've reviewed here--even the really bad ones, so I don't have a "Did Not Finish" category. A couple of times, I've read great stories that got off to bad starts, but I'll admit that's not the way to bet.

      Anyhow, in this case of "Fatherbond," you didn't miss anything.