Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Heaven-Moving Way, by Chi Hui

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(Hard SF Adventure) Zhang Xuan steals a starship to go hunt for her brother Kai, who went off to look for living alien civilizations in the galactic core and never came back. (4,382 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"The Heaven-Moving Way," by (translated by Andy Dudak, edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 104, published on .

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Pro: Xuan finds her brother and he’s despondent over what he’s learned. She gives him hope for the future. That's pretty much the entire plot.

It’s nice to find an author with a firm grasp of the Fermi Paradox.

Con: The story presents itself as a hard SF story, but the science in it is very uneven. E.g. a blue supergiant star won’t last for billions of years. There was no ancient civilization on Mars

The Milky Way is huge, with about a quarter of a trillion stars. None of the ancient races in the story ever filled it up, so it’s not clear why access to other galaxies would change anything.

The writing style is very narration-intensive, with too many info dumps.

The entire first part of the story (the hijacking of the starship and the escape from the authorities) is completely unrelated to the rest of the story.

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