Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Distant Stars, by P.H. Lee


(SF Drama) Even as a grad student, Sarah Levy focused on her research to the detriment of her family, and things only get worse when she makes a breakthrough discovery. (3,267 words; Time: 10m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 163, published on .

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Review: 2020.198 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a rather sad story of someone who understands how important loved ones are but who never figures out how to stay close to them.

On the scientific side, most of the information about Mach’s principle is accurate, although I think the comment about things in orbit being relative will leave a wrong impression. The speculative bit is a little far-fetched, but that’s probably okay.

Con: It has the trappings of a hard-SF story, but it’s not really about that at all. You could swap in almost any research topic and get a similar result.

And, of course, it makes zero sense that an experiment like this wouldn’t be sent in an unmanned vehicle.

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