Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Empress in Her Glory, by Robert Reed

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Aliens decide to rule the Earth indirectly, picking a middle-aged woman from an insurance company to be their intermediary. (6,996 words; Time: 23m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: SFRevu:4 JStrahan LTilton

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 103, published on .

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Pro: Adrianne is a sympathetic character, and we enjoy watching her operate. Anyone who's ever written a blog is bound to get a kick out of watching someone whose blog posts really do change the world.

Con: The interactions with her son fall flat--we don't feel sorry for her, we don't even feel anger or hatred for him. The reader is kept at arm's length throughout the whole story.

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