Friday, February 4, 2011

On a Blade of Grass

Short Story by Tim Pratt
Read for Escape Pod by Matt Weller, text also online

A disgraced parasitologist walks into a bar, and gives a science fictional hypothetical. And that is the entire story.

Okay, so actually humanity is involved in a slower-than-light generational space war, but that is informed off-screen action. It really is just the guy talking to the bartender the entire time. The idea is neat, but it is just that. A neat idea based on some admittedly neat science we already know. Not an actual story here. And sadly, no examples I'm not familiar with off the top of my head.

2.5 out of 5 because it is a neat idea, he got the science right, it's blessedly short, and the dialogue is snappy as always from Pratt.

Originally published in the Subterranean Press Newsletter

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