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Maelstrom, Kristine Kathryn Rusch 21 July 2023

2021 science fiction, short novella in the Diving Universe series. A backwater planet's moon has a complicated hazard; what happened to the ship that famously vanished?

Like The Spires of Denon, while this is nominally set in the Diving Universe it doesn't have any connection to it: no wreck diving, no Fleet, no anacapa drive, no familiar worlds. I suppose it's Rusch's prerogative to say which universe it's set in, but if I'd been expecting more about any of those things I'd have been disappointed. (It's possible that a later book will tie it in, of course, but that hasn't happened with Spires.)

On its own terms it's quite fun, written as an in-universe document describing what's known of the events and what can be reconstructed based on similar incidents. The notional author interviews various notional people who were connected with the mission, and everyone's biases are showing. Overall the piece is inconclusive (there's no "what actually happened" at the end), but I've got used to that with Rusch.

Definitely not worth seeking out unless you're already a fan of Rusch's style. If you do hardcopy, I trust there'll be an anthology eventually, rather than the current set of thin expensive chapbooks.

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See also:
The Spires of Denon, Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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