Friday, November 15, 2019

Knit Three, Save Four, by Marie Vibbert

★★★★☆ Well tied-together

(SF Thriller) A stowaway works with the crew to try to save the vessel, but all she’s really good at is knitting. (5,197 words; Time: 17m)

"Knit Three, Save Four," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 11-12|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.652 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: I’m going to call this a hard-sf story, even though it’s about knitting. Mouth has a technical skill, and the whole story is about how she uses that skill to save everyone on the ship.

Extra fun is Mouth’s interactions with the rest of the crew, particularly Shirly. And Chen the robot is great comic relief.

Finally, the ending has a nice emotional punch to it.

Just for reference, the actual surface area of the ship is about 2500 m², assuming it really is a prolate spheroid of length 24 m and max radius 10 m. I’ll leave it to someone else to compute just how coarse the weave had to be for 2500 m of cable to cover the ship.

Con: The problem is a little contrived. It’s hard to believe there wouldn’t be any rescue procedure for a circumstance like this one. And if you don’t know knitting, parts of it drag.

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