Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Death in the Wayward Drift, by Tim Akers

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(Science Fantasy) Castaa and the other initiates of the Water Caste travel with their master to try and fix a problem with the machines that stir the lake. (4,964 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"A Death in the Wayward Drift," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 269, published on by .

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Pro: The account of how Castaa rescued the emissary bird and restarted the pump is filled with edge-of-your-seat tension.

Con: The plot reaches a natural end when Castaa returns from fixing the pump. Everything after that is anticlimactic.

The whole thing is very confusing. Is this a space station? A generation ship? A far-future Earth? Why would water behave like noodles? Or trees walk?

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