Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Drawing Lines Between the Stars, by Frank Smith


(New Age SF) Bexar's life changes when his ship rescues a young woman whose ship was hit by a passing comet. (6,104 words; Time: 20m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 167, published on .

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Review: 2020.405 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The writing and dialogue are fine. If you believe in New Age things like Chakras, you might even like this story.

Con: The plot is very hard to believe, but it’s the repeated bad science that makes this story an unpleasant read. No, a spaceship cannot be surprised by a comet. No, you cannot be in orbit around Earth and Jupiter at the same time. No, you are not going to unexpectedly meet another spaceship on a completely different trajectory and just happen to be able to rendezvous. No, outer space is a vacuum; it is not filled with carbon monoxide except in quantities too small to care about.

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