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EP687: Four of Seven
« on: July 12, 2019, 03:29:20 PM »
Escape Pod 687: Four of Seven


Author : Samantha Mills
Narrator : Ibba Armancas
Host : Alasdair Stuart
Audio Producer : Adam Pracht

Four of Seven is an Escape Pod original.

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In the waning light of an artificial sun, Camelia Dunlevy climbed a mountain with her sister on her back. Delilah was a hollow weight, bird-boned from reconstructive surgeries, unbreakable.

The trouble wasn’t her bones, but her lungs. She panted in Camelia’s ear, unaccustomed to altitude, a small sound that might as well have been a war drum. Camelia couldn’t call for help, she couldn’t leave Delilah behind, she couldn’t walk the road for fear of company men.

And her sister was still giving bad directions.

“There’s a path up the western slope,” Delilah whispered, her breath hot and tickling. “I swear it.”

“There’s no path.”

“I came up once, with Aster.”

“Then you were on a tram.”

“Yes. I saw it out the window.”

“I don’t know what you saw, but it wasn’t a path!”

An explosion rocked the mountain, pelting them in pebbles and moon dust. Camelia dashed behind the nearest bush—a sickly, transplanted thing, hardly any cover—and counted the seconds before the familiar grind-whir-scream of a strikebreaker started up. Distant, but not distant enough.


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Re: EP687: Four of Seven
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2019, 12:03:29 AM »
Dug this story, need more hard scrabble miner fiction.

Couple things about the story -

1.) I liked the consequences of faster than light travel
2.) The fact our protagonist didn't really succeed and was forced to be just good enough to not have to mine, but not good enough to save her family from poverty.
3.) theme of love in spite of tremendous poverty and crippling work.

Honestly about the only thing I didn't like was the 'happy' ending but you know the story and setting was so sad, I guess we'll let it pass.

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Re: EP687: Four of Seven
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2019, 02:50:35 PM »
Dug this story, need more hard scrabble miner fiction.

Couple things about the story -

1.) I liked the consequences of faster than light travel
2.) The fact our protagonist didn't really succeed and was forced to be just good enough to not have to mine, but not good enough to save her family from poverty.
3.) theme of love in spite of tremendous poverty and crippling work.

Honestly about the only thing I didn't like was the 'happy' ending but you know the story and setting was so sad, I guess we'll let it pass.

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Re: EP687: Four of Seven
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2019, 04:02:44 PM »
Great story. Great reading. But one glaring logic error stuck in my mind the whole time. Doesn't seem fixable.

If the "fast ship" takes 15 days of ship time, and 15 years of "normal time", then the "slow ship" should take even longer. Not 2 years of ship time, and still 2 years of normal time. I haven't done the actual calculations, but off the top of my head, I'm guessing the slow ship should take something like 2 million years.

Or else, the distance isn't that great, and the fast ship will take only like a month, normal time.

The time difference is so central to the story, attempting to fix this underlying error would screw up the whole story for sure.