Monday, January 7, 2019

Sequestration; Vitrification, by Allison Jamieson-Lucy

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[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Near-Future SF) In the shadow of a looming nuclear war, Lynn researches the effect of nuclear waste on diatoms, but she increasingly feels life is pointless. (4,413 words; Time: 14m)

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"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 12/17/18, published on .

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Review: 2018.699 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The Hanford site is a real place, just 150 miles from Seattle, where we live. Attempts to clean it up have been ongoing for decades and aren’t expected to complete before 2046. A biotechnology to speed up the cleanup and do it cheaper would be of huge value.

It’s easy to see how people would find it hard to focus on their work if they thought the end of the world was imminent.

Con: There’s really no resolution; Lynn just goes on doing her work. This makes sense; during the worst of the Cold War lots of people suspected we’d never live to be old, but, for the most part, everyone just kept doing their jobs anyway. But it makes for an inconclusive story.

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