Friday, July 10, 2020

Why I'll Never Get Tenure, by Peter Wood


(SF Humor) When Kate’s physics experiment goes haywire, her ex-girlfriend and the pompous professor she dumped Kate for turn up to make things even worse. (4,167 words; Time: 13m)

"Why I'll Never Get Tenure," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07-08|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.351 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: As far as the plot goes, this is about Kate wanting to make a success of her research and get Susan back. The result isn’t quite what she set out to do, but it’s good enough.

I don’t think the scientific technobabble is meant to be taken seriously—Abbott and Costello waves are a strong hint—and it’s sometimes amusing in its own right.

Con: Sometimes it seems the story is meant to be played for laughs and other times it seems very serious. Duke is a caricature of a bad scientist, but most of his behavior doesn’t make me laugh; it makes me angry.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you taking the time to read and review my story.
    Pete Wood