Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Stormdiver, by Nick Wolven

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Adventure) Ju and his sister will be the first to enter the Jovian atmosphere to investigate an anomaly that keeps destroying probes. (7,529 words; Time: 25m)

"Stormdiver," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 11-12|18, published on by .

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Review: 2018.581 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Ju’s determination to do the right thing even at risk of his own life is admirable.

Con: : This just wouldn’t work. The oxygen supply for a person is very tiny compared to what you’d need to get any kind of useful propulsion.

Priya comes across as a total jerk with no redeeming qualities to the point where it seemed weird that Ju wanted to save her. When she announced her intention to fly straight into the storm, I was rooting for Ju to just leave her.

I don’t see why they needed piloted probes to get this data, nor why none of the unmanned probes survived.

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