Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Off-Road, by Harry Lang

★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(SF Adventure) Two guys driving a transport on Mars get ordered to visit a magnetic anomaly just as a big storm blows up. (5,804 words; Time: 19m)

"Off-Road," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|18, published on by .

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

Pro: It’s touching that Frank’s brush with disaster makes him appreciate Lila and even the relationship his dad had with his mom.

Con: Bad writing ruins this story. It suffers from intrusive narrationPOV shifts, and unnatural dialogue.

The science has a few holes in it too. What in the world does it mean to leave an electric motor running, for example? And the vacuum on Mars is good enough that it’s likely to take a long time before you start feeling cold, even at 100 below zero.

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