Monday, December 5, 2016

The Dancer on the Stairs, by Sarah Tolmie

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(Portal Fantasy) A personel manager is transported to a medieval world as an outcast, but she does have a purpose there, if she can only find it. (13,130 words; Time: 43m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Reprinted from Two Travelers (Aqueduct Press, 2016), so still Hugo-eligible in 2017.
"," by (edited by Niall Harrison), appeared in issue 11/28/16, published on .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: We learn that the narrator's transportation, Yestril's malady, and Prevostán's vow all had the same purpose; they are meant to organize and manage the dance of succession. When the dance is done, the same power that brought her here tries to return her to her world (apparently a space colony settled by people from Earth) but she no longer wants to return.

Con: The story takes forever to get going. She has little purpose other than to survive up until it's time for the dance.

None of the characters is developed well enough for us to feel any emotions about them.

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