Monday, June 12, 2017

Salt City Blue, by Chris Large

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(Superhero) Tough businesswoman Helen Martin tangles with powerful-but-careless superhero Skyball and his beautiful-but-deadly nemesis, Crimson Reign. (6,045 words; Time: 20m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Salt City Blue," by (edited by Tricia Reeks and Kyle Anderson), appeared in , published on by .

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Pro: Helen’s steady pursuit of the truth drives the story, and it’s amusing that once she has all the facts, she decides she just wants to be a mom.

Con: Helen is such an awful character that it’s impossible to root for her. The bits at the end, where we learn she’s a billionaire and that she’ll keep the superpowers the baby gives her, are disbelief-breaking, taking us into Mary-Sue territory. That is, the author favors the character so much that suspension of disbelief fails.

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