Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Patient Dragon, by David Gerrold

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(SF Thriller) Injuries from an ambush force the narrator out of regular service and into mercenary work, but it bothers her that she doesn’t know why she was attacked in the first place. (7,527 words; Time: 25m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The author confirms the word count; this is a novelette, not a short story.

"The Patient Dragon," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07-08|17, published on by .

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Pro: The technology is fascinating, and so is the protagonist. There’s plenty of tension, plenty of suspense, and lots of excitement. The "patient dragon," of course, was B-2, which waited patiently until signaled to blow up the narrator's enemies.

Con: The story ends abruptly. Just when it seems we’re close to finding out what’s going on, we learn that the narrator blew up the missing dragon (B-2) and killed all the bad guys. The end.

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