Thursday, March 2, 2017

Goner, by Gregory Norman Bossert

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(Near-Future SF) Teenage Char is fascinated by space travel, even though pilots have to give up their bodies to make it work. (5,988 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Goner," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 03-04|17, published on by .

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Pro: Char’s fascination with space travel, and his desire to be a pilot comes across very clearly. Alienated from his mother and from his friends, we can understand why he wants to go.

When he climbs into that chamber, hoping it’ll turn him into a pilot, we know exactly what he’s thinking and we’re very sure it won’t work, which makes for a very tense scene.

Con: It’s never clear why the pilots have to be transformed like that. Nor how Mr. Clark can be on Eris and on Earth at the same time.

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