Sunday, November 20, 2016
Surface Tension by James Blish - A Short Story Review
The story begins with a crashed seed-ship on a new world that was meant to be a new human colony.
With the ship smashed and the cargo nearly destroyed the captain an crew come up with an inventive way of completing their mission.
The story then moves a pivotal moment in the history of these new life forms the human created.
I was, at first instantly bored by the story, it was just another "look how strange my aliens are" tale. But then a very human adventure began and a familiar story of evolution repeated itself on this new world.
In the end I found the story to be very interesting indeed.
I kept reminding my self of what the influential editor, Gardner Dozois once said; "The nice thing about short stories, even the bad ones, is that they are short." (Or something along those lines.)
This kept me reading and I am happy I did.
It awoke the sense of wonder of how incredibly big this story was.
Terrific. A highlight of the collection.