Saturday, June 29, 2019

Vault, by Robert R. Chase

★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(Exploration SF) A starship checks out a peculiar star in another spiral arm, which may hold the first traces ever found of an advanced civilization. (15,227 words; Time: 50m)

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

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Review: 2019.347 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The science in the story seems to be pretty well researched. I particularly liked it that they sent an unmanned probe before sending a crewed ship.

Con: The story overwhelming consists of infodumps, one after another, intermixed with unnatural, as-you-know-Bob dialogue.

Up to the discovery of the alien cube on the surface of Planet Snowball, the story is aimless and dull. That’s just before the 50% mark.

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