Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley

Lightspeed Magazine, November 2015; 5,283words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

The narrator is a soldier in a far-future army that transports soldiers by turning them into beams of light. But he has funny visions when he's a light beam, and he's starting to question the whole war.

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

Pro: There really is a story arc here. Our hero starts off wanting to "be on the side of light." By the end, he achieves that. The story makes ruined Earth seem very real. It's cute that the "aliens" turn out to just be other human beings who lived apart for a few centuries.

Con: "The Corporations" are a paper villain, and the political message is stronger than it ought to be. It's not at all clear why it's worth transmitting ordinary soldiers as beams of light. Why wouldn't you send robots?

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