Monday, October 5, 2015

The Gun Between the Veryush and the Cloud Mothers, by Anna Tambour

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, April/May 2015; ~16,400 words
Rating: 2, Not recommended

Those Above fire the gun that seeds the clouds which drop produce onto those Below, who gather and bring the harvest up--but the gun may be failing.

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

Pro: It's certainly a very rich and complex world. It's a bit of a surprise that the gun explodes rather than simply running out of fuel, but the hint was there that it wasn't firing as powerfully as in the past.

Con: The story is very difficult to read, especially at the beginning, owning to all the unfamiliar terms. The ending is deeply unsatisfying. Presumably the people above will starve. We have no idea what the fate of Numer 6 is. We have no idea who Simon'n (aka Simon Ng?) is. Were they people outside the valley? Were did the original Numer come from? And what was special about they Veryush anyway? etc. etc. 

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