Friday, July 12, 2019

The Weapons of Wonderland, by Thoraiya Dyer


(Apocalypse) As Earth is dying from an out-of-control carbon-sequestration project, some scientists seek refuge on the surface of an inhabited comet. (6,295 words; Time: 20m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 154, published on .

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Review: 2019.399 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story is trying to make some kind of connection with “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.

Con: This story is hopelessly confusing. What is Maribel asking her daughter to do? What good could come of it? And why on Earth would anyone think a comet was a better refuge than just staying on Earth?

The scientific elements make little sense as well. There wouldn’t be life inside a comet. Not like this. And if there were, humans couldn’t eat it. And if we did, it’d just kill us—not turn us into space monsters.

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