Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kepler's Law, by Jay Werkheiser

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(Hard SF) When the Earth colony ship sent the first shuttles down to Kepler, there didn’t seem to be anything dangerous down there. Appearances can be deceiving. (11,869 words; Time: 39m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Kepler's Law," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 05-06|17, published on by .

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Pro: Excellent choices on the science elements of the story! The alien life definitely cannot eat people. The rain delivers enzymes, not pathogens or acids. Good stuff, and a very proper hard SF plot.

There’s lots of tension. The scene where Madison sees rain over the colony and then bodies everywhere is chilling.

Con: The crew seem very poorly chosen. You’d think someone would have done a better job picking them.

One is surprised they sent everyone down at once. You’d have expected them to wake the crew up a few at a time and send them down to the planet a few at a time.

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