Saturday, October 28, 2017

Love and Death and the Star that Shall Not Be Named: Kom's Story, by James Gunn

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(SF Adventure; Transcendental) Kom violates the taboos of his own species and visits the sun that shall not be named, finding it something of a disappointment. But the alien he finds there changes him forever. (4,918 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Love and Death and the Star that Shall Not Be Named: Kom's Story," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 11-12|17, published on by .

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Pro: This is a personal-development story. Kom returns from Sirius B transformed by his experience with Sam.

Con: This isn’t a real story and doesn’t even try to be. It’s the prelude to the real story and simply provides background info about Kom. Nearly the entire thing is told through narration, making it cold and distant.

The science is pretty bad. A satellite of a gas giant would only spend hours in eclipse, not days. The opposite hemisphere wouldn’t experience eclipse at all. And Sirius cannot have habitable planets because the white dwarf companion hogs the entire habitable zone.

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