Thursday, March 8, 2018

In Event of Moon Disaster, by Rich Larson

★★★★☆ Clever and Chilling

(SF Horror) On the moon, Laurie returns from investigating the aftermath of a large, nearby impact with nothing interesting to report. Until a second “Laurie” turns up a few minutes later. (4,678 words; Time: 15m)

"In Event of Moon Disaster," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 03-04|18, published on by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: The story gradually ratchets up the seriousness of the situation, telling us that only two “Lauries” will survive. When we see the sea of Lauries milling around the launch site, we realize just how terrible the situation is.

The ending, showing a second hopper approaching the rendezvous is perfect.

Con: Sol is a pretty wishy-washy character who's hard to root for. We don’t get emotionally attached to him or any of the Lauries.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. This was really well-done (as Larson always is) - but it's also basically Rogue Moon without the latter story's intense psychological dynamics.

    While I agree the ending with the second hopper is perfect, it's also the kind of thing that doesn't stand up to the slightest bit of scrutiny afterward.