Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sentinel, by Chang-Gyu Kim

[Clarkesworld]
★★☆☆☆

(Dying Earth) The last survivors on Earth cope with a steady loss of energy by picking one person to sacrifice. (8,424 words; Time: 28m)


"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 158, published on .

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Review: 2019.637 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The general idea of a resource-strapped colony trying to get by is a reasonable one.

Con: It’s a bit of message fiction, where the final message is “government is bad—anarchy works.”

The story talks about children and newborns but it also says that no one dies of natural causes anymore. This is not consistent with a static population.

A small point, but considering how much they’re mentioned, the author should have taken the time to learn what a Joule is. The minimum daily human dietary requirement is 7,500,000 J.

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