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Author Topic: EP618: All Profound and Logical Minds (Artemis Rising)  (Read 153 times)
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« on: March 13, 2018, 04:44:07 PM »

Escape Pod 617: A Cure for Homesickness (Artemis Rising)

AUTHOR : Bennett North
NARRATOR : Dani Daly
HOST: Laura Pearlman


The space station was silent in the way that a black hole is black; it was more than just an absence of noise. There was something physical to the silence, a force pulling in all sound and eating it. Hannah anchored her boots to the floor of the atrium, feeling the reassuring click as the magnets engaged. Emergency lights washed the atrium floor with a watery red light.

Taking a deep breath of her tepid suit air, Hannah unzipped her bag. An insulated thermos floated out. She left it slowly rotating next to her elbow while she rummaged around to find her keychain. It was a cheap one, made of injection-molded nickel, in the shape of a caffeine molecule. Stupid and gimmicky, yes, but she needed a symbol of her faith and as an atheist, it worked. Bethany had come up with the idea of doing the ritual as an exorcism. A real Catholic exorcism would take much longer, but the clients liked the concept, and Hannah’s abbreviated version worked.

A faint click in Hannah’s ear warned her a second before she heard her sister’s voice over the radio. “Ship to Missionary. Come in, Missionary.” Bethany’s voice was thin and staticky, more white noise than words, but it was like tasting cream after having nothing but water.

Hannah closed her eyes for a second, savoring the soft hiss, and then opened them again, shifting a glance to the heads-up display to trigger the radio to pick up her response. “This is Missionary. I’m in position in the atrium.”

“How’s it looking in there?”

Hannah looked toward the starboard side of the atrium. Six or seven bodies had collected in the awning of a cafe like a lost handful of balloons. They were dressed casually as if they’d been strolling through the park at the time that the station vented.

“Quiet,” said Hannah.

“Good.” Bethany’s voice had a laugh in it. “The longer it stays quiet, the better.”

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2018, 09:40:30 AM »

This was a good story, and I can see it easily working into a larger body of works.  I'd love to follow the exploits of Hannah and Bethany as they exorcise AIs. 

I loved the fact that the author actually used the third dimension in space.  That is so rarely done, and done well.  And the idea of belief being important, not what you believed in was an interesting one. 

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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2018, 10:34:09 AM »

The sibling relationship in this story was very realistic, I thought.

I also was impressed about the use of all 3 dimensions in zero G. Which is why I was particularly disappointed about the cavalier approach to vacuum in the story. Vacuum is very different from no air. Yes, there is a lack of oxygen, but there is also extreme low pressure, which wreaks havoc on the body. You can't just strap an unsuited body to your back and hope they last until you can get them to oxygen. You literally have only seconds before irreversible damage happens, when the fluids in your body start boiling and breaking cell walls.....
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