Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Darkness Full of Light, by Tony Dietz

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Underwater Thriller) Jozette’s family lives in an isolated, underwater domed city on the edge of the Tonga Trench. Talking about the surface is discouraged, but she’s curious about it, especially since her mom supposedly left for there. (4,959 words; Time: 16m)

"," by (edited by Angie Dell and Joey Eschrich), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The core of the story is really about Jozette growing up enough to realize that she’s been a spoiled brat and that she needs to grow up. Her trip down into the trench and then up to the surface adds a good bit of tension and excitement, but the enduring change is what happens inside Jozette herself.

The ending is particularly sweet. People really did care about her or they wouldn’t have been out in force looking for her. And she’ll have quite a story to tell.

Con: Technically, this isn’t very credible. Never having practiced decompression from 200m, there’s no way she’d survive doing it on her own, particularly with no way to switch from whatever helium mix she must have been breathing to and from surface air.

The habitat itself is a little hard to buy. One wonders why they built it so far down. And how do they empty the airlock with 2000m of pressure?

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