Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Science Fiction/Short Story
Approximate word count: 3-4,000 words
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Alain Gomez mostly makes her living in the field of music, but has also had a passion for writing since her teens. She’s written a novella and numerous short stories in several genres that are available for your favorite eReader. Gomez also blogs at Book Brouhaha.
“Set in the not too distant future, Dan Cooper hopes that his new job at the spaceport will allow him to get his life back on track. While taking passengers to the space hotel ‘Moonwalk,’ a collision with an unknown object threatens to bring his dreams... and possibly his life... to a screeching halt.”
In the last year, I’ve read a lot of short fiction, from novelettes down to collections of “drabbles” (100 word flash fiction stories). Judging works of different lengths was difficult until I realized the same rules applied. While more focused, to make a good read, shorter works require the same elements as a novel, only less. You need enough characterization to understand the motivations, history, and personality of the character for the specific story. Too much detail is bad, just like trying to give too much detail about a character in a novel. The same concept applies to plot or any other story element we might think of.
This story hit the mark. We learn a lot about Dan Cooper, the protagonist, because as the main character and narrator we need to understand him the most. Gomez fills us in on life events that brought him to his situation as the story starts. We understand his motivations and why he reacts the way he does. The minor characters we get to know just enough, but not too much. The plot is tightly focused and appropriate for the length. Last, there is a twist at the end, which I especially appreciate in short fiction.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars