Sunday, March 31, 2019

Truth Plus, by Jamie Wahls

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Apocalypse) A speechwriter and a scientist try to cope with the news that a comet the size of the moon will destroy the Earth in just nine days. (4,959 words; Time: 16m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 03/18/19, published on .

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Review: 2019.184 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a interesting moral dilemma whether to tell the truth that the future is hopeless or to give some comfort via a lie.

Con: The science is abysmally bad. Just to list a few problems: There are no comets half the size of the moon. On the other hand, a dinosaur killer need only be a few dozen miles across. If it were visible at all, countless amateur observers would have already reported it, so there would be no secret about it. Given the size of the object, we’d have years of advance notice, not just nine days.

The discussion about how the survival odds computation wasn’t subjective was total bullshit. No real scientist would talk like that.

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