Wednesday, January 4, 2017

From the Depths, by Kristin Landon

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(Colony Planet SF) Rinna is going to study one of the vast grass mats that’s the closest thing to dry land on Ta’aroa. Her teenage daughter wants to come along, but there’s a big storm brewing. (9,721 words; Time: 32m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"From the Depths," by (edited by Athena Andreadis), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The natives recognized Petra as intelligent and not only saved her, they alerted the Hokule’a and led Rinna to her. It’s hard to find a more friendly gesture. This ends the story on a really up note.

Con: Rinna’s reckless disregard for safety at the start of the story is hard to credit. They have all the time in the world, and trained people are their most valuable resource. Risking her life due to sheer impatience is hard to believe, as is the fact that she gets no flack for it.

The situation between Rinna and Petra remains unresolved at the end. There’s no apology, no recriminations, and not even any excitement over the autochthons.

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