Monday, February 4, 2019

Give the Family My Love, by A.T. Greenblatt

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Exploration) The aliens invited one human to their library 32.5 light-years away, and Hazel hopes to find lost research that might still save the Earth from final ecological collapse. If she can get in, that is. (5,325 words; Time: 17m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 149, published on .

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Review: 2019.087 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: We only hear Hazel’s monologues with her brother, Saul, but through them we gradually pick up why she’s at the library, how bad the situation on Earth is, and how she feels about it all. It’s remarkable that someone so pessimistic is attempting something so daring, but that contradiction helps make her a 3-dimensional person.

Con: The whole thing feels a bit too contrived. The whole bit about her having to walk a kilometer through a hostile environment seems tacked on; it has zero influence on the rest of the story, which is good because it makes zero sense. Likewise, it’s a bit pat that the only hope for society is some lost research by one researcher.

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