Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Terminal Zone, by Nick Wolven


(Colony SF) Cornelius comes to Ceres for a last visit with his daughter’s family before he’s too old to make the trip, but he has extreme difficulty relating to them at all. (11,066 words; Time: 36m)

"The Terminal Zone," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07-08|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.369 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: At its core, this story is about Granddad making a real emotional connection with Calla and her kids. Everything else is just introducing us to the Ceres colony.

Con: I found it hard to believe that the colony’s life-support systems were so fragile that a teenager could so easily put everyone at risk.

From the cultural references, this story is set in the late 2000s, but it’s not plausible that we’d have a colony on Ceres by then.

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