Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Ronni and Rod, by David Gerrold and Ctein

★★★★☆ Good, old-fashioned thrills, chills, and excitement

(Hard SF Disaster; Ripple Effect) A young San Diego couple face a megatsunami. (10,660 words; Time: 35m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)

Although this is a part of a novel-length work, it stands alone very well.

"Ronni and Rod," by and (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 05-06|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.254 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a very nice setup: Rod is in the traffic copter and Ronnie is floating on a lounge chair held up by balloons when the alert comes that a big chunk of a Hawaiian volcano has falling into the ocean.

The writing is top-notch: the narration is transparent and the dialogue is flawless. There are a couple of scenes where it seems the POV shifts between Ronni and Rod, but the effect is to show us just what a close couple they are, so I viewed that as a plus, not a minus.

Obviously the rescue of the little girl is the best part, tempered a bit by sadness at knowing her mother isn’t coming back.

Megatsunamis are a real thing, although none the size of this has been seen in historical times.

Con: It doesn’t have much sophistication to it: It’s a fairly straightforward rescue story with a simple plot.

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