Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Barrow For The Living, by Alison Wilgus

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) Three survivors on a failing Mars base receive a much-needed shipment from Earth. (4,993 words; Time: 16m)

"A Barrow For The Living," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 05-06|18, published on by .

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Pro: This story is setting-focused, not plot or character-focused. Unlike most Mars-mission stories, it makes the place sound utterly miserable. It’s not clear what all went wrong, but things don’t look good, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of hope of getting rescued.

The “barrow” of the title is a burial mound, and that’d what their hab has turned into.

Con: It’s not much fun reading about people who’re just barely surviving and whose situation still seems dire even at the end.

I found Desiree hard to sympathize with. Things are bad enough there without her bad attitude making it worse.

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