Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Desert of Vanished Dreams, by Phyllis Eisenstein

(Fantasy/SF) Alaric the minstrel accompanies a caravan through the desert. When water runs short, they hazard a visit to a dangerous "city" from a forgotten past. (9,505 words)

Rating: 3, Unremarkable
 

"The Desert of Vanished Dreams," by appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, published , by .

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

Pro: Narration and dialogue are smooth and natural. There's enough tension to make the story interesting. And Alaric saves the day without getting trapped.

Con: The mix of magic (Alaric's teleportation ability) with science (the abandoned starship) is jarring. Worse, Alaric's ability is so powerful that his victory is too easy.

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