Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mandorla, by Cooper Shrivastava

[Clarkesworld]
★★☆☆☆

(Alien SF) Old Plant thinks very slowly, but it’s the oldest on the planet, and it thinks profoundly. It struggles to communicate with a group of very short-lived creatures, though, and they seem to be changing the planet. (6,205 words; Time: 20m)


"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 161, published on .

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Review: 2020.080 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: I’m assuming the Kelp was the name of a starship, and the individuals are humans, who build a civilization on this planet-dominated, tidally-locked planet. We get the story of the life and death of their civilization from a very alien perspective.

Con: The problem with this story is just that it’s really dull. Old Plant isn’t trying to do anything in particular, so there’s no plot here at all, and once it becomes clear that the humans are doing bad things to the planet, it turns out it’s too late to do anything about it because an asteroid is going to kill everyone anyway—the end.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Where are you getting the Kelp being humans from? I'm pretty sure the Kelp are just kelp. I can't really see how the Kelp's actions make sense as performed by humans, unless Old Plant is *really* taking liberties in translation.

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