Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power, by Karen Osborne

[Uncanny]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Generation Ship) Whenever the captain dies, the new captain inherits his/her memories back to the start of the mission, but only the good ones; the sin eater gets the bad ones. (5,642 words; Time: 18m)


"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 27, published on .

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Review: 2019.174 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The effect of the bombing at the start of the story is that a very young captain and a very young sin eater have a chance to work together to change things, and the more the story goes on, the more you realize how much things need to change.

There was a chilling logic to the idea that the captain of a generation ship would choose to hold on to power rather than allow the new planet to be colonized, and it's chilling once it's clear that's what happened here.

Con: I couldn’t see the point of having a sin eater, and that undermined the whole story for me.

Overall, the story is needlessly confusing, particularly at the start, and that made it unpleasant to read.

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