Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Quest For The Great Gray Mossy, by Harry Turtledove

[Analog]
★★★☆☆

(Alternate History) In a world where intelligent raptors sail the seas hunting for Mosasaurs, a story much like Moby Dick unfolds. (15,505 words; Time: 51m)

If you’re a big Moby Dick fan and a big dinosaur fan, add one star.

"The Quest For The Great Gray Mossy," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.001 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: A great deal of work clearly went into this; nearly every passage corresponds to something from Moby Dick. Given the different taxa of dinosaurs mentioned, I’d guess this story takes place about 65 million years ago in a universe where the asteroid never killed the dinosaurs but an intelligent species of raptor evolved at about the same time.

Con: Being familiar with Moby Dick, I didn’t think this story really added very much. I’d have expected it to be comic, but it’s not.

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