Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime, by Charlie Jane Anders

★★★★☆ Funny and Full of Surprises

(Space Opera Humor; Kango and Sharon) Sharon and Kango have to go back to their home worlds to capture an ultimate weapon that threatens the galaxy, or else they’ll never achieve their dream of opening a restaurant. (10,600 words; Time: 35m)

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"A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2017.035 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story is hysterical. “How may we pervert you today?” Or “I am everything, and I’ve been robbed!” (Think about that one a bit.) Or Kango saying “I like my equations ice cold” upon discovering a stowaway.

The characters are likewise excellent. Jura’s observation that Sharon and Kango “are everything to each other” is really poignant.

There’s plenty of tension throughout the story, and the twist at the end is beautifully foreshadowed and yet still comes as a surprise.

We’d like to read more about the adventures of these two.

Con: The story is silly enough that we aren’t emotionally attached to any of the characters.

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4 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Possibly a bit too gonzo for me but definitely great fun.

    1. It falls in the category of "Too much fun not to recommend."

      I keep thinking of Jura apologizing for yelling "You are everything!" because it's just too strong a habit.

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