Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dispatches from the Cradle: The Hermit—Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts, by Ken Liu

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(Post Apocalypse) Around 2650 AD, the narrator interviews a wealthy recluse who lives above the sunken ruins of Boston. (6,600 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended
Recommended By: GDozois:5 NClarke

"Dispatches From The Cradle: The Hermit -- Forty-Eight Hours In The Sea Of Massachusetts," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The author describes a fascinating setting for a story, with a partly-habitable Earth, settled Venus, and partly-terraformed Mars, together with people wanting to fix the Earth as well as inhabitants who like it as it is. It makes the excellent point that after you've changed a thing, changing it back may not be ideal.

Con: Nothing happens. There's not a story here. This is like a teaser for a novel.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I rate this story ★★★, one more than RSR. It's a good example of a short SF sightseeing story where nothing much happens but the sights remain in your memory long after you've forgotten the plot, characters and other details.

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