Friday, September 8, 2017

An Ever-Expanding Flash of Light, by Timothy Mudie

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(SF Epic) Tone’s wife has terminal cancer, and to get the money to pay to freeze her until there’s a cure, he signs up on a starship that won’t be back for centuries. (4,763 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"An Ever-Expanding Flash of Light," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 88, published on .

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Pro: The juxtaposition of relativistic time contraction with hibernation is interesting. The conclusion—that they’ll make the best of what little time they have—is ironic considering all the time that has passed.

Con: It’s hard to believe that cancer would remain uncured after 1000 years.

It’s hard to see how aliens would have any insight into curing human cancer.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Obviously meant to be touching, but it falls kinda flat for me. Tone just puts off dealing with his wife's impending death for a millenium. And the amount of time that passes is unconvincing. Not only no cure for cancer and no flying cars, but not much different about the cryo center, the ongoing mission of the merchant soldiers, Tone's 100 year-old tablet connecting after his first tour...