Monday, August 7, 2017

In the Blind, by Sunny Moraine

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(SF) Two survivors on a space station try to figure out why Earth has stopped communicating. (5,409 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 131, published on .

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Pro: It’s an interesting setup.

It's possible there's a deeper symbolic meaning that I'm just missing.

Con: The author never does anything with the setup. We never learn what happened to the two men or to the Earth. Maybe the story implies that Nic has already died, but that’s a real stretch.

The scene with Marlie bashing Nic with a wrench was impossible to believe. NASA does a better job of picking astronauts than that.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I suppose the point is simply to think about how alone and disconnected that would feel. And that Nic pretty much already felt that way.

    1. Yeah, that's why I thought there must be some deep message that I'm missing. In a sense, Nic has always been off in space out of communication with the rest of humanity--emotionally, if not physically. But I can't see where it goes from there.