Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Place of Bones, by Gardner Dozois

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(Historical Fantasy) Martin fulfils his dream of entering the dragonlands via a secret mountain pass in France. (2,712 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"The Place of Bones," by , appeared in issue 11-12|16, published on by .

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Pro: The plot is complete. Martin and his tutor wanted to see the dragons. They gave it their best shot but didn't get far enough.

It is possible that this is meant to be SF and that the portal is to another planet, given that the stars looked different.

Con: Although the dragons seem to be real (not dinosaurs), the graveyard of dragons seems to be radioactive. Martin and his tutor both appear to have radiation sickness. This mix of SF with Fantasy is odd. If it really were another planet, then differences in air pressure should cause tremendous winds and differences in gravity should be noticeable.

It's hard to believe the old tutor survived but the young man perished. Also, one doesn't live very long without water, so the return trip is completely impossible.

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