Saturday, November 10, 2018

Ghost Island, by E.E. King

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Post-Apocalyptic Horror) Sergeant Riku is sent to Yūrei Island, where rumor has it men often lose their memories and come back thinking they’re someone else. (3,180 words; Time: 10m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 146, published on .

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Review: 2018.607 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: There’s reasonable tension as we wonder what’s going on and when it’ll hit Riku.

Con: There’s too much here that’s not believable. It doesn’t make sense to use old photos as part of the support columns of a bridge, but even if you did, that’s not going to cause people to lose their minds thousands of years later.

It’s hard to imagine how water could be so polluted that you’d get less than 1% yield from processing it.

There is a very narrow range between the radiation that makes you sterile (2 Gray) and the radiation that would kill you (5 Gray). It’s hard to believe the fallout made everyone sterile without lots of other complications.

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