Sunday, December 30, 2018

Salting the Mine, by Peter Wood

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Colony) The Trans-Solar Mining Corporation abandoned the colony on Sosta over 100 years ago, but they just showed up with a ship and are demanding the colonists start mining again. (5,665 words; Time: 18m)

"Salting the Mine," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 01-02|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.029 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The colonists and the natives have to work together closely to fool the corporate people into leaving them alone. The sheriff even manages to find a new girlfriend.

Con: : I found the characters and their behavior impossible to believe throughout the story. The high-handed initial message from the starship was too over-the-top, for example. After a 100-year absence to expect everything to be operational?

The contrast between the captain and the security officer makes it hard to believe the company actually hired both of them. The conclusion was hard to believe as well.

And given this teleporter, why didn’t they just teleport the whole plasma cannon and turn it on the starship?

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Thanks for taking the time to read and review my story. Great points.