Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Baker of Mars, by Karl Schroeder

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(Near-Future SF) Lots of Earth people are earning money operating drones on Mars to construct habitats for colonists—assuming someone can get around the fact that it’s illegal to own land up there. (7,705 words; Time: 25m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Ed Finn and Joey Eschrich), appeared in , published on by .

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Pro: Myrna solves the Mars crew’s biggest problem, and she does it in a very clever way.

Con: Clever, but could it really work? Someone had to program in the sustainability criteria, and there has to be a way to change them if they turn out to be wrong. Ultimately it’s hard to believe the countries and companies would ever agree to this.

Myrna’s character seems flat somehow. She’s the only character in the story with a major role, yet I end up feeling I know almost nothing about her.

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