Allen M. Steele. The Long Wait. (Asimovs January 2015)

asimovs1501Another installment in Steele’s stories about the Arkwright Foundation, set up by some of the founding fathers of SF, which is reaching for the stars.

I’ve found the stories fairly hard work, and this is no exception, as Steele makes interstellar travel, alcoholism, marital strife, Earthkiller comets and the like pretty boring reading. Sure there’s fun if you like stories that span generations so you can find out what happened to characters in previous stories, but here the story suffers from the narrator’s retrospective on events, the lengthy dialogue, and not really engaging (this) reader at any point in the 30 pages.

More from this issue here.

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