Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Discard the Sun, for It Has Failed Us, by Marina J. Lostetter

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Far-Future SF) The Decanus of Zon makes a once-every-400-years pilgrimage to what’s left of the Solar System, despite the objections of some who think it pointless. (929 words; Time: 03m)

"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 22, published on .

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Pro: The Decanus honors her faith, trying to return the gifts of warmth and light that answered the prayers of so many sun worshipers over the ages.

Con: The captain is right. This really is a pointless exercise. It’s impossible to believe that a society sophisticated enough to do this would be foolish enough to believe the sun was sentient—and to hold that belief over billions of years.

The science is bad. Feeding the sun more hydrogen will make it burn up faster. If you wanted to delay the red-giant phase, you’d remove hydrogen from it.

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