Sunday, August 5, 2018

Thunderstone, by Matthew Hughes

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Adventure) Erm Kaslo gets a contract to hunt for a company scientist who appears to have absconded with a valuable jewel just after made a surprising discovery. (7,458 words; Time: 24m)

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.

"Thunderstone," by (edited by Nick Gevers), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The most interesting thing about the story is the world, with its multiple planes of existence.

The plot is fairly straightforward, with Kaslo figuring out what went wrong and essentially using a mix of subterfuge and force to knock Urberfeld out.

I particularly enjoyed Kaslo’s insistence on following his ethics. “I don’t handle stolen goods except to return them to the authorities.”

Con: Urberfeld seems to go to ridiculous lengths to get someone to shove Embury out of the field. If he wanted someone disposable, you’d think he’d have used a local.

It’s a small point, but superjovian planets are all about the same size of Jupiter—they’re just more dense. It’s not likely that anything like the “Grand Daddy” planet actually exists.

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