Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Barren Isle, by Allen M. Steele

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(Colony SF) A couple of children are lost on the dangerous Barren Isle, which still has the original flora and fauna of Coyote. The search and rescue team will have their hands full. (10,806 words; Time: 36m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Barren Isle," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 01-02|18, published on by .

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Pro: The children are rescued, the native life is not harmed, and the evil cult leaders are slain.

Con: The enormous infodumps at the start of the story make for a tedious read. The author’s offer that we “feel free to skip this part” doesn’t help much.

Beyond that, the Book and Candle people are pure cardboard villains, and they’re hopelessly outclassed by the SNR team, so the victory at the end is unsatisfying.

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