Review of Noeleen Kavanagh, “Leaving,” Luna Station Quarterly 20 (2014): Read online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.
Harj is a conscript working in the mines, pressed into double shifts and extra duties and without any means of rebelling — until one day deep in the caverns he and the rest of his team find something that could be their key to escape off the planet.
This was a rather run-of-the-mill SF story — neither the setting nor the characters were particularly distinctive — slightly elevated out of the ordinary by the framing structure it used. I just wish this framing had been given more emphasis; the story would probably have been more to my taste if it had.