Seeing by Genevieve Valentine

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“Seeing” is a 2010 science fiction short story by Genevieve Valentine. It is about a woman who is drafted to explore a far off planet.

Non-Spoiler Summary

Gliese 581 d by Bill Lile, CC 2.0 license

When Marika was a little girl she was in a boating accident… actually, more of a disaster. That event affects the rest of her life – especially when she is drafted by the government to become both a finder and explorer of other planets. Her life is kind of sucky, and she doesn’t get to work with anybody that she likes, but she does get lots of water and that is a nice benefit. Anyway, she is committed to and good at what she does, so after many years of training she finally gets the opportunity to travel to Gliese 581-d to see if it could be a worthy planet for human habitation. Well, of course not everything is going to go smoothly – you know that right? The question is will she be able to perform the duty that she has been trained for or not?

My Two Cents

  • Story: 3 stars – This story was interesting enough, but nothing stellar. The idea of being drafted into science was pretty cool! And I liked how the idea of “being pulled into a lifeboat” kept recurring.
  • Writing: 4 stars – A well written story. There were some very short sections which were more distracting than anything, but some of the dialogue and situations were quite cool and well done.
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – The cool parts of this story were not enough to save the rest of it. While ultimately enjoyable it was a little bit too disjointed to be really great. Still, it is short enough and interesting enough to warrant a read.

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Craving More SF Stories Like This One?

If you enjoyed “Seeing” then you may like “The Nearest Thing” also by Genevieve Valentine – about a man who is trying to create Artificial Intelligence.

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