Friday, April 27, 2018

Life from the Sky, by Sue Burke

★★★☆☆ Average

(Near-Future SF) No one knows if the spaceflakes really come from space or if they’re even alive, but Audrey means to get a close look at one—no matter what anyone else thinks. (10,084 words; Time: 33m)

"Life from the Sky," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 05-06|18, published on by .

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Pro: At the start, Audrey really needs to change her life. Her job doesn’t even pay enough for her to live by herself, but it chews up all of her time. On top of that, her mother’s addiction to conspiracy theories is driving her nuts. Audrey’s search for a spaceflake and her bravery in carrying it to the authorities sets of the chain of events that leaves her with a good job and her mother in prison.

Con: The spaceflakes are pretty random. Other than being something scientists study, they never have any influence on the plot.

The brother blaming Audrey was hard to believe. Or, rather, if he’s the kind of person to do that, then it’s hard to see Audrey caring about his opinion very much.

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