Friday, September 6, 2019

The Swarm, by Mario Milosevic


(SF Adventure) A woman helps launch the first probes to α Centauri, but knowing she can’t live 80 years, she hibernates so she can see the results. (1,385 words; Time: 04m)

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"The Swarm," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.472 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: I’ve often wondered whether certain long-term scientific projects might benefit from hibernation if it were possible for some/most of the staff to sleep through years or decades while waiting for results.

Obviously, in this case, the results are so scanty that the whole thing looks like a terrible mistake. They abandoned their families and friends and moved to an impoverished future Earth all in order to see a dozen blurry pictures.

Con: This is a short-short story, so one can’t expect too much, but I ended it asking, “so what?”

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