Richard A. Lovett and William Gleason. Nightfall on the Peak of Eternal Light. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction 30th Annual Collection.)

dozois30Originally in : Analog, July/August 2012.

I gave up on reading Analog a few years back, frustrating that the stories were more scientist fiction than science fiction – stories written by scientists, about scientists, for scientists, and that the quality of the writing tended to be average at best. Well, there aren’t any scientists in this thriller about a man fleeing to the moon, with a price on his head, but it’s all fairly routine, with everything spelled out nice and clearly and just missing anything really special to warrant its inclusion in this volume.

My rule of thumb is that I’d be happy to leave my copy of Dozois’ open for anyone to read the story I’m reading, and I’d be confident that what they would read would clearly not be run-of-the-mill SF.

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