Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Slipway, by Greg Egan

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Hard SF) Astronomers spot what appears to be a new cluster of stars, except that it’s growing hour by hour. (12,308 words; Time: 41m)

"The Slipway," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.351 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is a pure hard-SF story. An anomaly is discovered, and real scientists work hard to try to figure out what it is, making and rejecting hypotheses and arguing with each other.

Beyond the speculation itself, the rest of the science appears to be spot-on.

Con: It’s a pretty low-stakes story. The only thing that’s really lost here is the view of the night sky and humanity’s ability to get to the nearest stars. The protagonist has nothing at stake at all, other than the prospect of a better job in a different country.

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