Saturday, April 9, 2016

A Matter of Timing, by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

(Space Opera) Sal tells the tale of how he saved the Emperor of the Supra Glutin Empire by arranging to buy time for him. Literally. (~9,200 words)

Rating: 3, Average

"A Matter of Timing," by appeared in Trajectories (edited by Dave Creek), published by .

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

Pro: It's a light-hearted little story with a known unreliable narrator. The names are all hilarious, especially the "Supra-Glu empire," whose people are "free Glutins." It's amusing that the reason they have to buy time to prepare for the war is because of all the paperwork involved. And the scenes on Earth are pretty funny too.

Con: The story is riddled with loose ends. What effect did selling 4 years of time have on Earth? And the wort's foot story seems tacked on to no purpose other than to establish who the barkeep really is.

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