Saturday, March 2, 2019

Rising Stars, by Elisabeth R. Adams

★★★☆☆ Average

(Hard SF Adventure) With just two weeks before she has to present her thesis, Dee lets her friend drag her to a cave in South Africa where hominids might have drawn the constellations a million years ago. (4,451 words; Time: 14m)

"Rising Stars," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03-04|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.120 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is essentially the story of how Dee went to see the cave and was able to figure out what the stars really represented. There’s nothing more to it than that, but it’s fine as far as it goes.

Con: The story ends right as it starts to get interesting.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. There is a character called Leah in the story. Every word in the story that has "lea" in it is misspelled. It is full of "pleahse", "pleahsure" "at leahst", "it leahds to". It looks like a misuse of "replace all" in a document. Where were the proofreaders and editors?

    1. Analog, especially on the Kindle, shows a serious lack of proofreading. Asimov's, their sister publication, does much better at this, and I can't figure out why they're so different in this respect.

  2. Anyway, I enjoyed the story, after accepting the misspellings.