Friday, September 22, 2017

The Evening of the Span of Their Days, by Carrie Vaughn

★★★☆☆ Average

(Space Opera) Opal is a dock manager on Tennant station where starships get repaired. She struggles with shortages, unresponsive management, and now an unexpected military casualty. (5,418 words; Time: 18m)

"The Evening of the Span of Their Days," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Review: 2017.068 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Pro: The descriptions of how Opal goes about her job, dealing with subordinates who may be asking for too much to ineffectual management seem spot on. Her unexpected promotion seems well-deserved.

She gets everything she wanted, but, apparently because of the threat of attack, she no longer wants any of it.

Con: The story ends just as it was starting to get interesting.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Slight correction on the title: "The Evening of Their Span of Days".

  2. I see the title changed post-publication (Dozois' review uses the same title as ours). Fixed.