Sunday, July 5, 2020

Mars, the Dumping Ground of the Solar System, by Andrew Kozma


(SF Drama) Jonquil works with genetically engineered people who helped terraform the solar system but who, now that they’re not needed, are warehoused on Mars. Today he’s looking for a missing girl. (3,519 words; Time: 11m)

"Mars, the Dumping Ground of the Solar System," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.336 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The elements of a nice story are here; missing girl, despised former workers, Mars itself in decline. And Jonquil himself is a nice guy.

Con: The setting is so unbelievable I couldn’t suspend disbelief for the rest of the story. It’s not possible to terraform Jupiter. It’s not possible to genetically engineer people to live on Mercury or Jupiter. If you had the fantastic resources to terraform whole planets, it makes no sense that you couldn’t afford life-support systems for a few hundred people.

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