Saturday, March 9, 2019

But, Still, I Smile, by D.A. Xiaolin Spires

★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(SF Adventure) After she detects a signal from Proxima Centauri Dengwen and her crew fly there in hopes of learning how to cope with Earth’s climate problems. (8,332 words; Time: 27m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 150, published on .

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Review: 2019.153 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s nice to see a story where humanity gets its act together in the end.

Con: Unnatural dialogue, intrusive narration, infodumps, as-you-know-Bob infodumps, and broken English make this story unpleasant to read.

Beyond that, the text is loaded with scientific and technical absurdities, ranging from sending a manned mission before even trying radio or an unmanned probe, to an alien machine that’s activated by human blood.

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