Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Camphor, by Mark W. Tiedemann


(Lost Colony) After 300 years, humanity is reuniting, and Remy is the Recontact ambassador to planet Camphor. He thinks he’s doing a good job, so he’s unhappy when an Oversight operative shows up to check up on him. (6,019 words; Time: 20m)

"Camphor," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03-04|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.098 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The setting and problem are both very interesting. We’ve got a human-settled planet long out-of-contact and an ambassador who know some of the customs but is still getting things figured out. Then we’ve got a potential ecological and epidemiological disaster that needs action, but that action might alienate the locals.

Con: And then it all fizzles out. When Havelock sees the vaccination scars on the Masquig’s arms, he simply caves in. Why is that so convincing to him? It wasn’t convincing to me.

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