Thursday, November 3, 2016

Don't You Worry, You Aliens, by Paul Cornell

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(Post Apocalypse) The librarian in a British village keeps to his old routine, even after everyone else is gone and there's no news anymore. (3,294 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by , appeared in issue 13, published on .

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Pro: In this subdued apocalypse, the librarian really just wants to hold on to the world he's always known. In the last line, when he says, "I'm the librarian, can I help you?" we feel a frisson because, whatever happens next, we know he's succeeded. He really is the librarian, despite everything else that's happened. Perhaps just as important, we care about him.

Con: There's no action and little tension. Almost the entire story is about him going about his daily chores.

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