Comments for Finisterra
The December issue rounds out with a lovely novelet, "Finisterra" by David Moles. The story takes its inspiration from an illustration done in a Vermeer style by Lara Wells called "The Engineer."
Moles put a lot of work into "Finisterra" an it shows in how much a part of the world his characters are. Sky is more than just an exotic backdrop to his story; it is a fully realized world with history, culture, geography, biology and so forth. To learn more about the process of writing "Finisterra" I highly recommend the interview on John Joseph Adams's blog. I must admit to grinning where Moles described trying to remember his trig to figure out how big Sky had to be because I did the same thing for Hale when working on Tangent for this year's Nanowrimo.
"Finisterra" with its celebration of flight set against a hostile world and pre industrial technology reminds me quite favorably of Bob Shaw's novels The Rugged Astronauts and The Wooden Spaceships.