Friday, September 22, 2017

Heavies, by Rich Larson

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(Military SF) Genetically engineered for their low-gravity planet, the colonists are very different from Earth people, but things have been very peaceful for fifty years. Then a colonist murders an Earthman, and Dexter investigates. (5,625 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Heavies," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Dexter solves the mystery and even saves his girlfriend’s life.

Con: It seems a little contrived. How would you engineer the brains of people and make it stick for fifty years? And the story makes it seem that this has affected all of the colonists, but the instructions Dexter gets at the end imply that it’s only a few.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Saves his girlfriend? My impression was that she was his first target. And, yeah, it sounds like any colonist near any of the heavies will have to be eliminated -- until all remaining heavies get off-planet.

    1. Hmmm. I'll have to take another look at that. Sadly, I find that 12 months after the fact, I don't remember this story at all.