Friday, September 6, 2019

Astroboy and Wind, by Joe M. McDermott

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Colony SF) Wind does construction work on top of the dome of the Alpha Centauri colony. It’s a hard life, it’s dangerous work, and she’s been at it for ten year. And then something happens. (5,261 words; Time: 17m)

"Astroboy and Wind," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.483 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This story makes the Alpha Centauri colony seem so real, I find myself wanting to read more stories about it. Wind and Astroboy both become solid, 3D characters, and I’m happy they’re going to at least keep each other company.

Con: The setting is so large the story is lost inside it. The stakes are really, really low: a few people leverage the death of their friend to get better jobs. And we don’t even know if that worked.

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