Thursday, April 27, 2017

Seven Ways to Fall in Love with an Astronaut, by Dominica Phetteplace

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(Hard SF) The narrator struggles to get plants to grow on Mars, and in the process she falls in love with a colleague. (2,316 words; Time: 07m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Seven Ways to Fall in Love with an Astronaut," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 05-06|17, published on by .

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Pro: The narrator solves (partially) her problem by finding a Martian bacterium (descended from Earth life) and using it to make soil her plants could tolerate. A clever, hard SF solution. Also, she gets to be with the man she loves.

Con: It’s told almost entirely in narration, which reduces both characters to cyphers.

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  1. Reprinted online at Lightspeed 126 (Nov 2020):