Monday, January 7, 2019

The View from Proxima Centauri, by Susan Pieters

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Exploration) Rosemary and Chen arrive at Proxima Centauri as ambassadors to the aliens. But they can’t seem to find them. (7,506 words; Time: 25m)

"The View from Proxima Centauri," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.004 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The characters feel very real and the dialogue between them is always natural.

Con: It makes so little sense to try to send humans to Proxima Centauri without even trying to send a radio signal first that it’s very hard to suspend disbelief for the rest of the story. It also makes zero sense for the spaceship to land before thawing the people from cryosleep. And the idea of finding a cure for a human disease on an alien planet is preposterous.

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