Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Evaluators, by N.K. Jemisin

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(SF Horror) A crew on planet Manka has disappeared, possibly eaten by the natives. We read the transcripts to try to decide what happened. (3,132 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ It Gets You Gradually

"," by (edited by Nicholas Thompson), appeared in issue 01|17, published on by .

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Pro: It’s a very clever problem. The evaluators are the super predators, and they’ve replaced the crew of the first-contact mission with their own offspring. Earth people who were greedy to get the palladium deposits have probably doomed us as a species.

It’s marvelous the way the pieces of the story come together at the end. The price of palladium, the historic superpredator, the missing crew, etc. A delicious chill runs down your spine when you realize what has really happened here.

Con: Given the format, there’s not much room for character development.

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