Sunday, July 5, 2020

Lowlife Orbit, by Rich Larson


(SF Drama) A space pirate shows his nephew how to steal terraforming supplied headed for Mars. (975 words; Time: 03m)

"Lowlife Orbit," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.334 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s very short, but it’s cute in its own way. The narrator has his rationalizations for what he’s doing, but he really does love his “idiot nephew,” and it bothers him that the kid doesn’t buy those rationalizations.

He’s also right that it’s a silly idea that you could terraform Mars and then move very many people from Earth to there. It would always be far cheaper just to clean up the Earth.

Con: Why did he take the kid if the kid didn’t know what it was about? Also, I don’t think you could sneak up on something like this undetected.

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