Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Shepherd Moon, by Premee Mohamed

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) Thea doesn’t expect to be sent to space to retrieve a body—much less the body of someone she used to love. (6,416 words; Time: 21m)

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

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Pro: She accomplishes the mission, says her goodbyes to Lucky, and moves on with her life.

Con: Thea’s problems are almost all self-inflicted. She hid the truth about her heart problem. She trained with the same ship so much she’s uncomfortable in a different one. She doesn’t check out her new helmet. She forgets to untie Lucky from his robot. Heck, even at the point she learns the mission is to retrieve her ex, rather than just saying so, she runs away, broods, and then comes back without a word about it.

It’s hard to cheer for a hero when she seems to be making most of her problems herself.

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