Wednesday, March 11, 2020

One Hundred, by Sean Monaghan

★★★★☆ Fun Tale of Perseverance

(Mars Colony) Cam sticks out as the only teenage boy on the Mars colony, but it’s been years since anyone heard from Earth, so he works as hard as anyone to keep the place going. (6,011 words; Time: 20m)

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

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Review: 2020.113 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The hundred desperate survivors of the Mars base struggle to hang on. As the youngest, Cam has the most to lose, but also the most to gain by finding a way forward. As the story starts, no one has been born on Mars yet; Cam was brought here with his parents as a baby some 18 years ago.

This tells how, following a disastrous fire, Cam and other young people started disregarding the rules and trying to find new solutions to the base’s problems. How they moved from just trying to hang on to trying to move forward.

Although the ending was kind of predictable, I was still surprised how much it moved me.

Con: It’s hard to believe it took them 18 years to reach this point.

Realistically speaking, people on Earth would have decades if not a century of advance warning of an asteroid impact of the magnitude described in the story.

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