Reviews by Lisa Carr

Accidental Flight

by Floyd L. Wallace

In the future, as medical science advanced to the point where all imperfections could be corrected, any remnant of a body could be kept alive and repaired. The problem was that people badly damaged in accidents couldn't be made whole again--just kept alive. Those people frightened pets and children and made the perfect adults uncomfortable.
They had to go. They were banished to a domed asteroid--Handicap Haven. (Sorry, but the story is from 1952, when the only politically correct terms were calling liberals and pacifists Reds and fellow-travellers.)
But the partial people believed they could combine with one another to help humanity in ways the perfect people couldn't. But they wouldn't be allowed to try. So they stole a rocket.
An interesting and convoluted story, with several good characters and a couple of twists. And the hero never says a word.

Reviewed on 2015.05.22

Printcrime

by Cory Doctorow

A short fable of the future explaining the perfect counterfeiting crime.

Reviewed on 2015.05.19

A Point of Theology on Majuro

by Louis Becke

Another of Becke's Majuro stories, this one involving an old man and his granddaughter, recently returned to the island--Catholics. The rest of the islanders have been converted to Protestantism, and are abusing the pair. Only a Scotsman trader will feed and shelter them, and he appeals to a visiting ship for help.
There are two or three distinctive characters, and a mob of natives who all act the same. The story is fairly well written, but not striking or profound.

Reviewed on 2015.05.19

Operation Terror

by Murray Leinster

A fairly absorbing story of a space ship that lands in a remote lake and begins to manipulate the military and government actions using a paralysing ray. A government surveyor grabs a woman he has a crush on, and tries to escape the area to bring what he's learned to the authorities.
It's a cold war story, and the attitudes of people reflect the time. The hero is so resourceful and inventive that the invaders are almost no match for him. The ending reflects a politics and society that is long gone.
The writing kept me reading and ignoring implausibilities.

Reviewed on 2015.05.18

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