Saturday, March 9, 2019

Treasure Diving, by Kai Hudson

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) Ilana risks the ocean deep looking for the hypera that her civilization depends on, even though her species are vulnerable to its radiation. (3,246 words; Time: 10m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 150, published on .

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Review: 2019.157 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a nice adventure, with plenty of excitement. I particularly liked that fact that even though the Ku’uti are aquatic and breathe with gills, they still need special equipment to go really deep into the ocean.

We know that the hypera will make a big difference to the two girls, but it’s nice to think that Ilana’s bravery may be rewarded with more than just money.

Con: For such alien creatures, they’re very humanoid. They have hands. They smile.

It’s odd that they can’t just put the hypera at a greater distance from habitations. Just a few feet of water does a great job of absorbing radiation.

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