Saturday, March 2, 2019

Beneath a Red Sun, by James C. Glass

★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(Exploration SF) A starship on a 40-year mission finds an almost-habitable planet (8,241 words; Time: 27m)

"Beneath a Red Sun," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03-04|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.104 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a good hard-SF plot: there are several mysteries, such as why there’s any O2 in the atmosphere, and the crew eventually find scientific explanations.

Con: The poor writing sinks this story. Between the info dumps, the narrative intrusion, and the as-you-know-Bob dialogue, it’s a painful read.

There are lots of logical inconsistencies and scientific errors. For example, why is a crew going places before anyone has sent a probe there? And any planet of even the brightest red dwarf would be tidally locked if it were in the habitable zone, and it would have a period measured in weeks, not months. If the planet has an 8-month period, the star is at least a K0 and probably a G9 or brighter.

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