Thursday, August 31, 2017

Grand Theft Spacecraft, by R. Garcia y Robertson

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(SF Adventure Humor; The Family) With the death of Crown Princess Rylla of Callisto, things in the Jovan system are about to get nasty, and at 18, Cole is ready to be right in the middle of it. (13,402 words; Time: 44m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Although this overlaps the author’s earlier The Girl Who Stole Herself, reading the earlier story isn’t important for enjoying this one.

"Grand Theft Spacecraft," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 09-10|17, published on by .

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Pro: The best part of the story is the calm way Cole and the narrator both deadpan the most hilarious things. Such as describing Cole as a knight and a pastor and therefore “just the sort of felon the navy wanted to watch over in troubled times.” Or when he’s trying to find a reason to visit the bordello ship and then gets a call from it requesting help and he thinks, “Proof positive that there is a God and that he is a guy.” Or when he cites the four freedoms as the “shared moral laws” and when the kids laugh that “we sure don’t have those,” he tells them “Just because we got cheated is no reason to give them up.”

As far as the plot goes, Cole’s goal is to help Randi Lynn thwart the invasion of Callisto. That succeeds, but it’s almost beside the point. With this story, the journey is the reward.

Con: Cole is a puppet, doing the bidding of Jazmyne (for the most part). Their success owes little to his efforts, and Jazmyne even knows better than to keep him informed of the plan.

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