Saturday, March 2, 2019

The New Martian Way, by Brendan DuBois

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Mystery) Luke investigates the first death on Mars. It’s a little strange, but could it be murder? (7,543 words; Time: 25m)

"The New Martian Way," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03-04|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.121 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s not a bad little mystery. The death is suspicious, but the clues don’t immediately point to either a cause of murder nor a motive for it.

Luke is an entertaining character in his own right. A cranky older man who can tell the “Queen of Mars” what he really thinks and get away with it, mostly.

Con: The mystery is solved a bit too easily. And there weren’t great clues about the flatulence. Finally, the parts of the story after the murder is solved are anticlimactic.

It’s a nit, but it’s not possible to contract for a debt that would obligate your unborn or minor children. Not unless this future society is a serious dystopia.

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