Tuesday, December 15, 2015

For the Love of Sylvia City, by Andrea M. Pawley

The 19-year-old heroine, who maintains the cable that links her peaceful underwater city with the war-torn mainland, finds something troubling during a routine repair. (5,311 words; Time: 17m)

Rating: ★★★★★, Award-Worthy

"," by , appeared in Clarkesworld issue 104, published on .

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Pro: Nice, action-driven story. The "Carbon Wars" are obviously about nanotechnology--not CO2. We get all the background in bite-sized chunks without ever even noticing an infodump. The heroine endears herself both by saving the child and by risking herself for her city. Her willingness to sacrifice herself is noble, but we're relieved that her "sisters" are able to give her a fighting chance.

Con: The writing is a little rough in a few places. It's annoying that the narrator goes unnamed.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I thought it was a nice, action-driven story too. Would probably only have given it a '4' though - it was quite sluggish to start and the heroine spent too much time on her own before anything happened. Some interesting ideas about adapting to living underwater.

  2. This is a very good story and is worth reading. Finishes on a strong note.