Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ténéré, by Manny Frishberg and Edd Vick

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(Hard SF) Arab men reenacting a desert caravan discover a key oasis has dried up, and they blame a neighboring solar installation. (6,190 words; Time: 20m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Ténéré," by and (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 05-06|17, published on by .

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Pro: Azeez does find a technical solution to the core problem. He figures out that the excess oxygen is causing both the rust problem and has killed the trees at the oasis, and he proposes a way to fix it, so there's a complete, hard-SF plot.

Con: It’s impossible to believe that Azeez won’t be fired for letting those armed men into the compound.

The solution seems like overkill; a smokestack to release the oxygen at a higher elevation would probably have worked too. It’s also hard to believe an operation like that could extract enough atmospheric CO₂ to be viable.

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