Saturday, December 16, 2017

One to Watch, by Andrew Barton

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Exploration) The narrator wonders if they should hide evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence found on Saturn’s moon, Mimas. (1,326 words; Time: 04m)

"One to Watch," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|18, published on by .

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Pro: It’s realistic that new discoveries are likely to be make by people running remote probes—not human explorers in spacesuits.

Con: The narrator has what seem to be completely baseless fears that humanity will be fatally discouraged by the discovery of a statue of an alien that looks like a giant centipede. The clichΓ© of the scientist who wants to suppress results rather than publish them is always hard to believe, but it’s especially incredible in this case, where there is no risk to the public at all.

According to the author, there’s supposed to be a pun hidden in here somewhere, but I’m not seeing it.

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