Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Last Day Of Training, by Dave Bara

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(Military SF) After three years of training, Peter is finally a lieutenant, with just one exercise left to do: a routine EVA to repair some ansible units. At least, it’s supposed to be routine. (5,920 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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Pro: Peter wants to complete his training, but he also wants to keep his girl. He finishes (ignominiously), but he loses her and even his unborn child.

Con: Peter’s dialog with Natalie is unnatural. For example, when he thinks they’re going to die, rather than trying to come up with something, he casually says, “Maybe we should have that conversation we were going to have on the trip home now.”

The scene where he “protects” her from Duane, who refuses to let her leave without taking more pictures is just painful to read.

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