Monday, September 14, 2015

The Tarn, by Rob Chilson

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(SF Adventure; Prime Mondeign) On a far-future Earth, a whole town goes digging for treasure--the Arbiter is sure it's a scam, but who is behind it? (1,200 words; Time: 04m)

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

"The Tarn," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|15, published on by .

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Pro: The story and the characters are very real. The mystery is gripping, and there's a reasonable amount of tension at the end.

Con: The first few paragraphs are rather awkward, when the author tries to explain a few bits about the language. The deus-ex-machina ending is unsatisfying.

This is part of Chilson's "Prime Mondeign" series, set about 60 million years in the future, but nothing in the story itself reveals that fact. It could easily be taken for fantasy.

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