The number of stories I’ve read by Reed in the last 12months or so has tailed off dramatically – just 3 in 2014, whereas there are almost 150 of his stories reviewed on Best SF (click on the ‘tag’ above/below this post).
Here he gives it full RobertReedmodetm, the equivalent of Transformers ‘BeastMode’.
It’s one of his ‘Great Ship’ stories, which at their best are Space Opera on a BFO (Big Fuck Off) scale. Here he gives us some backstory of one of his characters Miocene, cold-blooded First Captain of the Big Ship (an enormous, absolutely enormous alien vessel now crewed by humans, on a universe-spanning millenia-spanning journey).
Now I’ve read a lot of the Great Ship stories, with possible ‘Remoras’ being the first, w-a-y back in 1995, and my increasingly swiss-cheese-like brain can’t remember character names that well, and I’m at a lost for a-n-y memories of having previously read a story containing her.
That could be a Bad Thing, if the story was a ‘bit of a backstory’ story, but it’s much more than that. Read it closely, and it’s much, much more than that. I mean, much more. The nature of memory, and story, and in fact, why (or how) are we here, are all covered.
More from this issue here.