Friday, April 5, 2019

The Archronology of Love, by Caroline M. Yoachim

★★★☆☆ Average

(Exploration SF) A plague killed all the colonists before Saki’s ship arrived, and she has to investigate it while mourning the man she loved, who died down there. (8,918 words; Time: 29m)

"The Archronology of Love," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 107, published on .

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Review: 2019.197 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s something of a mystery story, as well as a story of loss and healing. What killed the colonists? How will Saki conduct the investigation while mourning her life partner?

The Chronicle was an interesting concept; an independent record of history that you can only examine one time.

Con: Trouble is, I found the Chronicle hard to believe, and every scene with it introduced more hard-to-believe elements. It can only be looked at once, but you can send multiple people to look at the same time and that’s okay. When you’re using it, if you move, you can end up embedded in the walls when you pop back, but it seemed odd that you really “went” anywhere. And going to the future creates all the usual time-travel paradoxes.

The upshot was that I ended up not emotionally attached, so the big emotional scene at the end left me cold.

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