NYE-186f

Rated 3.00/5 based on 3 reviews
75,000 years ago, a specific group of undesireable immortals launched from Earth, sent into deep space to colonize a nearby planet. Advancements in technology since has let Earth build entire civilizations on that planet in the meantime. Now, 75,000 years later, the original ship approaches: do they allow the craft to land, or blow it out of the sky?
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About Todd Maternowski

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Todd studied Ancient Near Eastern religion and early Judeo-Christianity at the University of Chicago before heading into the real world. He has since worked as a ballroom dance instructor, bass player, mediator, credit specialist, art preparator, janitor, journalist, copy editor, armored car money counter, mambo dancer and satirist. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his hyper-creative wife and two tiny terrors.

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Review by: James Jenkins on Sep. 30, 2016 :
Not overly good or bad, something of a cliff hanger, but the story did not draw me in enough to care how it turned out.
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Review by: Renaissance Redneck Media on Sep. 22, 2016 :
An interesting idea that feels more like an introduction to a series than an actual completed short story.
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Review by: ReviewAllShortFreeSciFi on Sep. 15, 2016 :
From the book: "It's a moot point, of course, but one that can get people excited over a shell of beers."

Ah, the old ambiguous ending. When you run across it you're lead to one of two conclusions: either the end of the story was not important to the story itself, or the author had no idea how to end his story so he defaulted to ambiguity. Alas, this feels like a story which fits into the latter category. The important central ingredient of a well-executed ambiguous ending is missing: protagonist agency. We're told from page 1 that our hero has no opinion at all on the coming events, and may even have been chosen specifically to serve as protagonist due to his neutrality. Well that's all fine and good, but it doesn't tell us one thing about the denouement.

Otherwise well written, although it feels a little bit like opening someone's diary in the middle and reading the forty-fifth entry without any context.
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