Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Lost Testament, by Allen M. Steele

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Colony SF; Sanctuary) Jeremy Crowe helps hunt for a rare artifact that might let the human colony on Tau Ceti recover some of their lost technology, if the natives don’t stop them first. (22,703 words; Time: 1h:15m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)

You need to start reading this series with “Starship Mountain” to get the most out of it. The short story “Sanctuary” is helpful but not required.

"The Lost Testament," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 03-04|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.125 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The best part about this story is the setting. Between the off-world location, the human aristocracy, and the suspicious Cetans there’s plenty to make it interesting.

The plot is straightforward—find the artifacts and get away—but there are plenty of complications, and the last few pages are full of edge-of-your-seat tension.

Crowe’s character is well-developed, and he’s fun to watch in action.

Con: The biggest problem with this is that it’s a middle installment; it ends on a cliffhanger, so it’s incomplete even if you read both of the previous stories. This has turned from a series into a serialization.

Pilot and Phillip aren’t well-developed in this installment, although we learned quite a bit about them in the previous story.

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