A classic of pure science fiction. This story felt like a throwback to the days when the monthly pulp magazines ruled the genre.
The first officer of the da Vinci, Sonya Gomez, is sent alone on a mission the "strange new world" of Sarindar, to help the locals complete a massive engineering project. The planet is crystalline in structure, the people are somewhat primitive and superstitious, the government is not entirely friendly to the Federation and the pervading culture is misogynistic.
I really enjoyed this story. Like I said, it has the feel of classic SF dressed up in Star Trek garb; what could be better? I simply sat back and let David and Keith tell me a story. It was a nice escape.
I was happy to see that the entire story, which was originally published in two parts, was collected here.
I must say: The Core of Engineers series is starting to hit its' stride and I am looking forward to e-cracking the e-spine of the next e-book collection of stories.
|Keith R.A. DeCandido|