Monday, June 15, 2020

Single Malt Spacecraft, by Marie Vibbert


(SF Adventure) Fresia makes money flying back and forth between Earth and a colony planet, forty years per round trip but only weeks for her. She trades collectables and ages Scotch. (3,657 words; Time: 12m)

"Single Malt Spacecraft," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 121, published on .

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Review: 2020.314 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: I thought the scenes with Stuart were poignant. I was very sad that he wrote letters to her before he died of a broken heart.

Con: This is an “And Plot.” Stuff happens but there’s not a real plot here.

The relativity in the story is messed up. During each trip she accelerates at 1 g to the half-way point, then decelerates the rest of the way. When she arrives, 20 years have passed. On her ship, 5.9 years will have passed, not just a couple of weeks. Her destination will be just over 18 light-years away, so any news she brings from Earth will be two years behind what they should get by radio.

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