Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Rocket Farmer, by Julie C. Day

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(Science Fantasy) Sarnai’s family have always grown rockets, but her teenage daughter seems to have an unhealthy fascination with them. (5,794 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"The Rocket Farmer," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 271, published on by .

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Pro: The story is about reconciliation between Sarnai and her father and daughter, as well as being about Sophie’s quest for the stars. All three threads are complete at the end.

Con: I couldn’t accept the what-if of the story. The idea that rockets had always been grown, not built, but a conspiracy hid that from the public was just too much to swallow.

Sophie is such a rude, selfish, disrespectful character that she didn’t deserve to succeed, and yet she’s essentially the hero of the story.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. "The Rocket Farmer," by Julie C. Day,is, in fact, a wonderfully sensitive story. Sophie, the teenage girl at its center, is a character thoroughly real and recognizable to anyone who has had actual contact with teenage girls--or with young humans generally. The fantastic elements of the story, far from being impossible to swallow, make it go down sweetly and well, astonish and transport.

    1. In the "con" section, I usually list my objections from most to least serious. I simply couldn't swallow the "what-if" and that ruined the story for me. I'm particularly allergic to conspiracy theories, so that combination was just too much.

      I have indeed seen Sophie's behavior from some teenagers. The bit where she wouldn't even get out of the car made me laugh out loud. That didn't mean I wanted to see her apotheosis into a YA Mary Sue though.