Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Escape of the Adastra: Asha's Story, by James Gunn

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(Generation Ship) Aliens captured the Adastra years ago, but Asha and her boyfriend have a plan to escape and get a warning back to Earth. (5,931 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

"The Escape of the Adastra: Asha's Story," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 05-06|17, published on by .

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Pro: The plot itself is fine. All attempts to reason with their captors have failed, so Asha and Ren manage an escape, cleverly distracting the aliens by sending a smaller vessel to Earth while they chase the Adastra to the edge of the galaxy.

Con: The story is told almost entirely in narration. It reads like the outline of a story—not a real story.

Some of the science is pretty bad. For example, a red dwarf is not the result of a red giant collapsing.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Yeah... this one was pretty bad. Sort of silly premise (alien bureaucracy just seems too much like hitchhikers) and a non-immersive writing style.

    1. The author is 94 years old. He's something of a living legend in SF. It's amazing that he's still writing. Unfortunately the stories he's writing are not so amazing.