Thursday, May 7, 2020

An Explorer's Cartography of Already Settled Lands, by Fran Wilde


(Exploration) A generation ship arrives at its target planet only to discover a civilization has arisen in the centuries since it was launched. The captain sends the navigator out to explore the planet and see if there’s a place for them there. (3,611 words; Time: 12m)

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Review: 2020.242 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The prose is quite beautiful. The descriptions of each of the different regions are well-crafted.

Con: The story is ridiculous. It mentioned that probes were sent in advance, but then the ship should have had the benefit of data from those probes all during the trip. Nothing on this world should surprise them. Not on a large scale, anyway. And the idea that the whole fate of the crew was entrusted to one person who apparently forgot what their job was is really crazy.

The descriptions of the different regions may be beautiful, but a little goes a long way, and they get dull fast.

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