Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hot Rods, by Cat Sparks

Lightspeed Magazine, March 2015; 7,689 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By:    SFEP

Near future Australia is dying from drought, and Harper's boyfriend has taken a job at a local mysterious American military base.

This story later appeared in the 2015 anthology Loosed Upon the World.

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

Pro: The backstory is built up very nicely, with no intrusive infodumps. The mysterious base just gets more and more mysterious.

Con: But the ending leaves us hanging. We have no idea what "war" the soldier is talking about, only a vague idea what the base is about, and no clue why the soldiers are allowed to be such jerks. 

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