Wednesday, May 3, 2017

We Who Live in the Heart, by Kelly Robson

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(Colony SF) People who don’t like living underground in the colony can live inside giant “whales” that float high in the planet’s atmosphere. That’s usually pretty safe. (14,861 words; Time: 49m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 128, published on .

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Pro: The account of what it’s like to belong to (and join) a tight-knit group of “whalers” is entertaining.

Narration and dialogue are spot on, and the plot is pretty much about how Doc learned to love someone again.

Con: I found it hard to sustain suspension of disbelief, and that spoiled the story for me.

For example, it’s hard to believe humans would try to colonize a planet this hostile to human life. If helium can form clouds, the planet is very cold indeed—colder than Pluto. And it’s hard to believe that studying and working too hard could cause brain damage.

The ending didn't work for me either. Why didn’t they dump the waste pellets before they dumped their personal effects? The pellets should have been harmless anyway; in that thick atmosphere, terminal velocity for a light-weight pellet is probably twenty miles an hour or less. And even if you believe it could have caused the damage it did, it was just an accident—she wasn’t deliberately playing with people’s lives.

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