October's Short Fiction

Oct 7, 05:34 by IROSF
Express thoughts on the reviews or the stories here.

Short fiction review is here.
Oct 22, 19:26 by David Bartell
Lois, thanks for the thoughtful review. I'd be interested in your take on Netty's dilemma in "Misquoting the Star". Perhaps a demarked spoiler in the forum is okay. (Thanks for not giving it away in the review.) I myself do not necessarily agree with the protag's decision, BTW.
Oct 23, 15:43 by Lois Tilton
David: Netty frames her problem in terms of perfection/nonperfection. Oscar is imperfect, but then, so are we all, so Oscar gets a pass.

But in the circumstances prevailing in this scenario, Oscar is not merely imperfect, he is a deadly hazard. As I understand the situation, the entire human species is reduced to the population now on the moon, which is only a few thousand individuals. It is not clear that there is a viable breeding population, in fact.

Under such circumstances, I think it is criminally irresponsible to introduce an individual carrying at least two communicable diseases into the population. The risk is too great, regardless of the probability of spreading the diseases. The potential consequences are too dire. I think Netty is quite irresponsible, given her position, for not putting Oscar's ass out the airlock.

This is an extreme solution, but the scenario as you present it is an extreme one. It also seems clear that the level of medical technology that will be available on the postapocalyptic Earth will not be such as to be able to eradicate the diseases that Oscar might spread. Oscar's behavior, also, does not inspire confidence that he is aware of the risk that he poses.

The primary problem lies in the previous story: the decision, however it was made, to send Oscar to the moon in the first place. Netty is not responsible for this, but it is her responsibility to deal with the consequences by acting for the greater good of the entire population.
Oct 23, 19:21 by David Bartell
Thanks, very well said. I'm considering this deeply. Trouble is, given that we are all flawed, bad decisions are inevitable... And there is a difference between introducing a diseased person into a population, and dealing with one already present (on the Moon, at least.) We could not, today, dream of eradicating the diseased, nor even treat them like lepers. In my story, the extreme conditions might warrant a different ethic, as you insist. Point taken; I'm not looking for an argument.

As for the first story, "Misquoting the Moon", Oscar's father's decision to send Oscar is how the story ended, in a much narrower scope, and the mechanics of him getting to the Moon are not dealt with.

Going forward, I have one more story with Oscar, but then things go in a different direction.
Oct 23, 20:11 by Lois Tilton
Worthwhile stories are the ones that provoke these arguments, the ones that raise these questions.
Jun 26, 12:56 by maszekmichall@gmail.com
That was really helpful for me. Thanks


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