Friday, September 18, 2015

The Story of Daro and the Arbolita, by Shane Halbach

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2015;   2,275 words
Rating: 4, Recommended

On planet Tillal, the Arbolita practically worship their margolo trees, and killing one is a crime--even to save a life.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

This is essentially a courtroom drama, even though it's a very alien court. The hapless public defender makes for good comic relief. The idea of defending oneself by telling a story is interesting.

The story is light enough that we don't get deeply emotionally involved, although the scene at the very end where the Arbolita Daro saved peeks at him before he goes comes close.

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. (Spoiler Alert) What a strange and memorable story. The words monkey trial and kangaroo court come to mind but they don't quite describe the scene of ape-like creatures using fables to judge a man. :-)