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‘The Morphology Of The Kirkham Wreck’ by Hilbert Schenck

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I didn’t much like Schenck’s previous story in the anthology and whilst this better, it is still a puzzling choice. Again it is a story about the ocean, this time centred around a rescue mission to save the Kirkham, a ship stranded off Nantucket. This is framed and interspersed by a narrative from an alien observer who is surprised to find that Walter Chase, the captain of the life boat, can alter time with the sheer force of his will. The rescue attempt is relatively gripping; it is set at the beginning of the last century so it is man and oar against the sea. The alien narrative has a good go at being hard:

What became evident when the Kirkham stranded was that extreme-value probability theory could not set a limit on such activity by an energy-user totally motivated and having what Keeper Chase’s people would incorrectly call a high level of “psychic” ability but what in fact is simply the ability to make information transfers within an altered time domain.

But no, sorry, it doesn’t wash.

Quality: **
Hardness: **

Written by Martin

5 February 2011 at 18:06

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  1. […] Dick ‘Chromatic’ by John M. Ford ‘The Snowball Effect’ by Katherine McLean ‘The Morphology Of The Kirkham Wreck’ by Hilbert Schenck ‘Tangents’ by Greg Bear ‘Johnny Mnemonic’ by William Gibson ‘What […]

  2. This for me is a great story and the SF is almost incidental. It is actually a fictionalisation of real people and a real shipwreck.


    30 July 2014 at 23:00

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