Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Lights Go Out, One by One, by Kofi Nyameye

[Asimov's]
★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(Exploration SF) A team trying to save humanity travels tens of thousands of light years to steal someone else’s star. (7,397 words; Time: 24m)


"The Lights Go Out, One by One," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 03-04|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.134 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: I’ll give the story credit for creating a scenario where the human race would have to leave the solar system in order to survive. There’s no escaping a black hole big enough to eat the sun.

It’s quite a shocker that they decide to take the target star anyway.

Con: The story is full of infodumps, intrusive narration, and bad dialogue. Beyond that, the science is awful. The idea that the best planet they could find was a rogue planet, with no sun that isn’t even in our galaxy, and rather than fix this by moving the planet, they hunt for a star to move. (If they’ve got this much power, why not just move the solar system out of the way of the black hole?) What’s worse than an infodump is a nonsense infodump, and this story has them one after another.

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