Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Bartered Planet, by Paul Di Filippo

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Space Opera) When Janchek lost the war with Vaschli, the peace terms included giving up their moon, Malenka, as well. The inhabitants of Malenka aren’t enthusiastic about this. (5,800 words; Time: 19m)

Although this was originally published in the UK in 2017, the first US Publication was in March 2018, so it should be eligible for the 2019 Hugo Awards at the 2019 WorldCon, to be held in Dublin.

"The Bartered Planet," by (edited by Nick Gevers), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: There are some humorous bits in it.

Con: The concept is too ridiculous to sustain suspension of disbelief. Two planets can’t share the same orbit. A little moon orbiting a big planet will either have no atmosphere at all or else the planet will have a huge hydrogen atmosphere. The described attempt to move the moon can’t possibly work in any humanly-meaningful time frame without destroying it.

And there seems to be absolutely no point in moving it in the first place; it'll be destructive to the ecosystems on both planets.

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