Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Brownsville Station, by Christopher Rowe

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(SF) A Junior Conductor has to deal with a serious problem on the high-speed train that traverses his giant, tubular, "city." A problem that seems to just keep getting worse. (10,500 words; Time: 35m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Brownsville Station," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The conductor and his wife the technician do eventually figure out the problem, even though they can't fix it, and they make good their escape. There is plenty of foreshadowing to let us know that the city is falling apart, so the ending isn't a complete surprise.

Con: It's hard to care about any of the characters, and we're told so little about the city itself that it's hard to tell whether its fall is entirely a bad thing.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. "Con: It's hard to care about any of the characters"

    We don't even get names. I have to assume this is deliberate, but I can't figure out why