Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Starry Sky over the Southern Isle, by Zhao Haihong

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★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Climate Dystopia) Qiming’s wife left him so she could take their daughter into a domed city after his astronomer job lost prestige because no one could see the stars anymore. (3,009 words; Time: 10m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)


"The Starry Sky over the Southern Isle," by (translated by Zhao Haihong, edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 03-04|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.132 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s touching that his daughter just wants to spend quality time with her dad, so she comes prepared with the sky show on her tablet.

Con: Very little happens in this story, and much of what does happen isn’t very realistic. For example, astronomers rarely look through telescopes anymore, so he could do his work just as well with a satellite on a distant mountaintop or even in space.

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