Dimished Returns

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Post June 18, 2016, 12:05:19 PM

Dimished Returns

I'd be interested to know how you came up with the title. Of course, the story reminds me "The Sound of Thunder." I always found Bradbury's stories fascinating, but I distinctly disliked that one because it felt so unrealistic. Your version, however, is horrifying and feels more like something that would actually happen where the world wouldn't be just slightly off, but would be totally unrecognizable--an alien planet.
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Post July 01, 2016, 03:28:12 PM

Re: Diminished Returns by Steve Evans

I had two problems with this story.

First, it just plain ran me out of breath with all the nonstop struggle the character endured trying to survive. I thought that could have been broken up a bit.

The second was the lack of diversity he found, and this overthrew my willing suspension of disbelief. A hundred million years, and all there is are leafless trees, ants, landsharks, slime, and bacteria? Sorry, that's not an ecosystem. Alien, yes, but not convincing.

I liked Bradbury's take on it a lot better because the changes were so subtle, but it was the little things that made the difference.
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