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[review] Mare Internum by Der-shing Helmer
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James Nicoll
2018-08-30 13:42:12 UTC
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Mare Internum by Der-shing Helmer

https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/near-beyond-the-moon
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Steve Dodds
2018-08-30 21:20:28 UTC
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Mare Internum by Der-shing Helmer
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/near-beyond-the-moon
I read the whole thing until at the end where it says it's a webcomic.
James Nicoll
2018-08-30 22:49:29 UTC
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Mare Internum by Der-shing Helmer
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/near-beyond-the-moon
I read the whole thing until at the end where it says it's a webcomic.
It said that at the beginning as well.
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2018-11-30 15:52:49 UTC
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Mare Internum by Der-shing Helmer
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/near-beyond-the-moon
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This comic was a frustrating read.

The base commander's motive for sending Mike to the cave is mystifying. First she tries to blackmail him into going on the away mission with Bex. Why? She knows he's suffering from severe mental illness. There's no urgent need for Bex to go to the cave site (she hasn't come to Mars as an explorer), so why not wait until a someone reliable can take her?
Then when Bex convinces Mike to go with her after-all, the base commander makes him jump through hoops to convince her to re-authorize the mission, as if the whole thing wasn't her idea in the first place!

I found the hard sci-fi aspect of the comic to be paper thin. "LeVI is programmed to behave like a precocious child because it makes him better at exploration," is an absurd contrivance. Once the story reaches Mare Internum the plot rapidly devolves into characters standing around the empty caverns, monologuing about their back-stories and having shouting matches over things that have nothing to do with the situation at hand.

Despite all this, I still want to know how it ends.
D B Davis
2018-11-30 19:11:51 UTC
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Mare Internum by Der-shing Helmer
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/near-beyond-the-moon
And excerpt from James' link:

Doctor Mike Fisher is one of the elite few chosen to explore Mars, now
in the initial stages of colonization. Or rather, he was. Bitter,
alarmingly hostile, and socially isolated,

Hey, wait a minute! This guy sounds an awful like Peters, the
protagonist in _The Year of the Intern_ (Cook), which is my current
read.

... Dr. Peters himself represents a synthesis of my own
experiences and those of my intern colleagues. He is
therefore a composite of several real people. While he
does not display the aberrations of a particular psychosocial
personality, he nonetheless stands for every intern to a
greater or lesser degree. That he emerges as an often whining
and complaining individual who fails socially as he develops
professionally should not be surprising. True, during his
internship Dr. Peters gains greatly in medical knowledge and
experience; he also develops a more objective attitude
towards death. At the same time, however, there is a
concomitant intensity in his repressed anger and hostility
that leads toward greater isolation, more autistic behavior,
stronger feelings of self-pity, and the inability to
establish significant interpersonal relationships. ...

Allow me to nitpick our good Doctor Cook. Repression is
subconscious, while suppression is willful.
Fortunately, Dr Manoli of the United States Space Force, along with
Dr Haggard, an Australian who invented a serum to cure leukemia, behave
differently in _Perry Rhodan_ (where my reading shall return after this
Cook, God willing). You won't see Manoli nor Haggard throw an instrument
across the OR in a temper tantrum borne of frustration with their own
ineptitude.



Thank you,
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