Sunday, December 30, 2018

Taking Icarus Home, by Suzanne Palmer

★★★☆☆ Mixed

(SF Adventure) You find a lifepod with a near-dead young man in it, and you decide to find out where he came from and why. (7,756 words; Time: 25m)

"Taking Icarus Home," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 01-02|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.024 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story is awfully sad and awfully moving. The callousness of the Sunrunners is stunning.

Con: It is very bad for a story whose plot revolves around celestial mechanics to get the details this wrong. For example, an object sent to fly close to a star and back out is going to take weeks, not hours. The chance of a starship in interstellar space happening on a lifepod are nearly zero—much less doing so while the occupant was still alive. And a vehicle moving at near-light-speed will not use gravitational assists from stars or planets.

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