Sunday, September 8, 2019

Escaping Amnthra, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Military SF; Diving Universe) Raina commands the Renegat by default, the Captain and senior crew all having abandoned it. She just needs to get the ship and what’s left of the crew home—if she can get either to obey her consistently. (16,205 words; Time: 54m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)

This story is okay if you haven’t read other stories in the Diving Universe, but you’ll at least need to read “Rescue of the Renegat” to find out what happens next.

"Escaping Amnthra," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 09-10|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.489 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Superficially, this is the story of how Raina saved the Renegat. More deeply, it tells how she overcome at least some of her fears and self-doubts and become the captain in more than just name.

The conflict with the people around Amnthra has a good bit of tension, although given the Renegat’s superior firepower, it’s more a question of whether Raina will figure out how to operate it before they all get killed.

The conflict with India is a bit more straightforward, mostly just requiring Raina to stand up for herself, although, as it happens, she overreacts.

Con: The biggest problem is that its incomplete. For people who read “Rescue of the Renegat,” there are some inconsistencies. I presume the author will fix those before she collects them into the next novel/collection, but it particularly bothers me that the Raina in that story is just as helpless as this Raina is at the start of this story.

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