Sunday, January 31, 2010

Before My Last Breath

Short Story by Robert Reed

A geologist discovers the remains of an alien preserved in a coal mine. We manage to have 7 points of view in 10 pages, with minimal characterization and no characters returned to, no personal stories completed. Basically one vanilla occupation hands off to another vanilla occupation to continue the story of the dig. Birth and death happen, but it is all sort of meaningless. Nothing really happens, nothing is really discovered, and the truth revealed at the end is not at all interesting. And the Pascal's Wager at the end fails to create any lasting impression or thoughtfulness. 1.5 out of 5.

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