Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Estimated Time of Arrival by James Bambury - short story review.
Having seen most Star Trek shows I'm very familiar with the term "colonists." Those plucky farmer types who just want to start a new life, living off the land of some far away planet.
This fun and quick story is aptly titled. We all know how fast technology can change (anybody remember a 14.4 dial-up modem?) In this story Moore's Law has a profound impact on their lives as a mysterious ship, from Earth, lands in the middle of the colony. The captain of the new ship steps out and greets them by saying "Hello, bumpkins! I just bought this planet."
From there on things happen quickly and I was reading it all with a smile on my face. It was how Bambury handled the characters that made funny and serious at the same time. Maybe funny is not the right word - absurd is a better choice. You can see how the circumstances in the story happen now and have happened since the dawn of time.
I enjoyed this story. It reminds me that there is still science fiction being written that I enjoy reading.
You can read the story on-line HERE
The author (a Canadian) can be found HERE.
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