Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Last Broadcasts, by An Owomoyela

Solaris, September 2017 (in Infinity Wars:Infinity Project #6)

Daja, a native of Colossus in the Sato system, is reassigned to Sato Station for a special assignment. It's a surprise to her that, having spent her career working on entertainment projects, she's now going to be working on classified transmissions from Caribou system.

But it's still going to use her entertainment skills and experience.

Caribou is under alien attack, and has been for years. There's no way for Sol and the other systems to get help to Caribou in time, because of the distances. At the same time, though, that means the other systems are not at any immediate risk. There's time to prepare, to build the defenses they'll need.

As long as there's no panic. Which, the powers that be have decided, as long as the general population remains unaware that Caribou is fighting a losing war, and all its people are going to die.

This is a well-done story. Daja and her two direct supervisors, Hatizda, native of Sato System, and Channing, from Sol System, each have their very real, very human reasons for their different reactions and choices in the moral dilemma that confronts them.

Worth reading.

I bought the anthology that includes this story.