Thursday, January 10, 2019

Eater of Worlds, by Jamie Wahls

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Military SF) An ancient weapon the size of a rose’s thorn falls to a planet and seeks to destroy the planet by replicating itself. But the planet has defenses and the weapon has its own challenges. (4,852 words; Time: 16m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 148, published on .

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Review: 2019.048 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is the story not just of Kali’s attempt to destroy the planet but also of her attempt to learn her true purpose.

Con: There’s too much bad science to really enjoy this story. A small object at 0.99c can’t possibly fracture a moon. “Moment of inertia” has nothing to do with how sturdy a building is. It’s quite a coincidence that Kali ended up stuck in the body of the child of one of the few people on the planet with a tool able to defuse her. And the conclusion makes no sense at all; if the planetary defense system was able to do all this repair work, why did it need Kali to arrive before doing it?

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