Thursday, May 7, 2020

Our Souls to the Moon, by Tamara Jerée

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[Strange Horizons]

(Fantasy Dystopia) Rich people get high looking at the moons of Neptune, but poor people have to make due with dangerous drugs. Then Bimi’s friend learns you can send your soul to those moons, but at a price. (4,683 words; Time: 15m)

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Pro: Neptune really does have a moon named Sao, which was discovered in 2002.

Con: This dystopia is too harsh to take seriously. In the real world, managers hesitate to fire even clearly inadequate workers because then they’d have the chore of replacing them. Firing people just because the boss felt like “throwing someone away” makes no sense.

I really love astronomy, and I’ve loved looking through telescopes since I first saw Saturn at the Brainerd Planetarium in Chattanooga in 1966. But even I can’t imagine star gazing becoming such a major pastime. Also, the idea of a moon being “psychotropic” makes no sense. They’re just bright dots of light. And sending people’s souls there? Please.

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