Thursday, July 28, 2016

Elves of Antarctica, by Paul McAuley

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(Near-Future SF) A refugee from a drowned island nation works on the Antarctic peninsula, where he studies mysterious stones with elven runes in his spare time. (7,100 words; Time: 23m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: GDozois:5 JStrahan

"Elves Of Antarctica," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The story does a nice job of showing us what a beautiful world Mike lives in, and it tells how he eventually came to see that for himself. At the end, he baptizes himself in the cold water to cleanse himself of the old world.

Con: Although they are skillfully written, the quantity of infodumps in this story is very, very high, and there is almost no action at all.

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4 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Sorry. This one bored me to tears.

    1. That can happen where there are lots of infodumps and little action. :-)

  2. For a much better story by the same author, on pretty much the same subject, I'd recommend Antartica Starts Here (Asimov's OCT/NOV 2012) FWIW...

  3. I rate this story ★★, one less than RSR. I found it boring, and the industrialization of Antarctica -- though done in a "green" way -- and no mention of the endangered (extinct?) penguins a bit incongruous to the spirit of the story.