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Author Topic: Pseudopod 162: Suicide Notes, Written by an Alien Mind  (Read 12092 times)

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Reply #20 on: October 12, 2009, 09:41:03 AM
"Well written and effective" seem to be words that I use a lot in feedback for PP stories I like, and this is certainly one of those. It also had more depth than the standard PP story, which I appreciated.



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Reply #21 on: October 13, 2009, 02:40:28 PM
I like the twist of this story in that it uses normal humanity as the true horror that needs stopping.  The setting also felt like it had more depth to it then the typical horror story, which I liked.



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Reply #22 on: October 14, 2009, 07:42:27 PM
I liked this story, but I found one thing strange.  Why with an advanced civilization that goes from planet to planet can not drop a bunker buster on the mountain?  These are military personel and they couldn't launch a simple missle miles away from the telepathic influence?  Other than that Phil Rossi's reading was great and the story had a lot of emotional impact.  I do however think this would have been a better fit for Escape Pod. Heck if it had a woman protag with the "humans are bad", undertone this could have even been Pod Castle.   ;D Dodging the flaming arrows now. 



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Reply #23 on: October 14, 2009, 10:28:12 PM
I liked this story, but I found one thing strange.  Why with an advanced civilization that goes from planet to planet can not drop a bunker buster on the mountain?  These are military personel and they couldn't launch a simple missle miles away from the telepathic influence?  Other than that Phil Rossi's reading was great and the story had a lot of emotional impact.  I do however think this would have been a better fit for Escape Pod. Heck if it had a woman protag with the "humans are bad", undertone this could have even been Pod Castle.   ;D Dodging the flaming arrows now. 
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Reply #24 on: October 15, 2009, 07:03:00 PM
Excellent story, and a great reading.  One of my favorite episodes, guys.  This is the kind of tale that makes me want to sit down and write something . . . well, not as good as "Suicide Notes," but certainly ripping it off. 



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Reply #25 on: October 30, 2009, 12:54:02 PM
I don't really think the title related very much to the story. I mean, I understand it, but I didn't really like the title.

The story was good, and the ending was good, but I was reminded too much of some of the old war movies I've seen, but dropped onto another planet.

Phil Rossi's reading was very dramatic and very in the moment.

I think the story overall was good but something about it bothered me -- not the subject matter, but the story itself.

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Reply #26 on: October 30, 2009, 01:18:57 PM
I don't really think the title related very much to the story. I mean, I understand it, but I didn't really like the title.

The story was good, and the ending was good, but I was reminded too much of some of the old war movies I've seen, but dropped onto another planet.

Phil Rossi's reading was very dramatic and very in the moment.

I think the story overall was good but something about it bothered me -- not the subject matter, but the story itself.

you came close to my feeling.  It reminded me too much of Thin Red Line, which focused more on everything but the war movie that it told us it was supposed to be.  Same thing here, it was less about the action and more about how they felt about said action.  If you talk about how you feel about the action, we really need more action than just the last few minutes of the story to have any.


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Reply #27 on: November 18, 2009, 12:20:15 AM
The ideas in this story were every bit as thought provoking as other commenters have said.  And reading the comments has given me a greater appreciation of the story.  Now I wonder if the Decharai were even aware that they were in a war.  But I thought the story was too long, and the military characters too cliche (can we please have one high-level officer who knows what's going on?  I know they are out there).  The friendship of Christian and Muslim seemed a little forced and remarking on it in the far future was as illogical to me as remarking about my friendship with a Jew or a Japanese or a Black person.  I also couldn't get past the lack of futuristic, or even modern, weapons.  We have sites on our own planet that have been nuked and are now vibrant cities or ecosystems -- heck if the ozone layer was so thin the planet was being bathed in radiation anyway.  There are also poison gas, robotic drones, bunker busters...

But again, the idea of aliens that effortlessly dish out enlightenment and that necessitates humans killing them is well worth the price of admission.  A better fit on Escape Pod, IMHO. 



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Reply #28 on: December 15, 2009, 11:22:52 PM
But again, the idea of aliens that effortlessly dish out enlightenment and that necessitates humans killing them is well worth the price of admission.  A better fit on Escape Pod, IMHO.

I kind of agree. My final opinion was "this is a neat science fiction story that happens to have a bad ending." For me, that doesn't make it horror. You can do horror with nothing more than telepathic aliens, but somehow this story failed, for me, to be horror.

I think it was in the tone. The only thing that was really horrible was the end. The rest felt like a classic science fiction war story - not my scene, but I can appreciate the subgenre well enough - so the "horror" element (the bad ending) felt merely tacked on.

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Reply #29 on: June 03, 2010, 12:30:23 AM
This was a solidly written "Space Marines Kill Aliens" story.  I liked it on that level, but felt it really fell apart upon closer inspection.

1. Why not just chain up the soldiers as they slept?  Automated systems could release them if the aliens attack at night.

2. Why not just keep the soldiers in orbit?  Or better yet - why not just attack the aliens from orbit with bombs or chemical weapons?

3. Why not clear out the alien's mountain with heavy ordinance?  I am aware that they didn't use nukes because of the radiation, but have you ever heard of a bunker-buster bomb?  They use them in Iraq against Al-Qaeda deep in caves and can penetrate hundreds of feet of rock.  Surely in the future it would be easier to just drop a few dozen even more powerful versions of the bunker-buster onto the aliens' redoubts rather than sacrifice thousands of lives.

4.  In Starship Troopers, they hypnotize the soldiers so they can achieve their objectives.  Surely counter-conditioning might help?

5.  Entering caves?  Without flamethrowers?

6.  Why not use robots?  We have predator drones already.  Nothing better is available in the future?

Anyway, fridge logic aside, I liked this one.

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Reply #30 on: June 04, 2010, 04:56:15 AM
Phil Rossi rocked! That was a really fine reading.



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Reply #31 on: June 02, 2014, 06:13:05 PM
I put this as #40 on my Best Podcast Fiction of All Time:
http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2014/05/the-best-podcast-fiction-of-all-time-31-40/