Monday, February 26, 2018

Big Thompson, by James Van Pelt

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF) When he was ten, the narrator lost his mother in a flood, but something else happened that left him determined to dedicate his life to searching for extraterrestrial intelligence. (2,440 words; Time: 08m)

"Big Thompson," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03-04|18, published on by .

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Pro: The description of the Fermi Paradox is pretty good.

Con: The SF element seems tacked on to the end of the story.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Hi, Greg. Thanks for the review and your continued attention in short fiction. I lived in Colorado at the time of the Big Thompson flood. It was both hard and fascinating to revisit that tragic bit of Colorado history.

    1. Wow. Did you really lose your home (or a loved one) in it?

    2. Thankfully I did not. I don't think I could fictionalize something that personally tragic. It was quite traumatic for the state, though, when it happened, and I knew people who were in the canyon when it happened.