Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How To Be A Barbarian in the Late 25th Century, by Jean Johnson

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(Military SF) Mitch Turman files a report on a routine combat mission, but on the side he writes about the same episode, but turns it into an epic battle in a swords & sorcery universe. (6,664 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended
Recommended By: RHorton:4

"How To Be A Barbarian in the Late 25th Century," by (edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Obviously Mitch finds soldier work dull, and having quite an imagination, he spices it up. Lilith is the ideal wife for him, since she plays along and yet grounds him at the same time.

As far as plot goes, technically it does have one: The envelope story has Mitch trying to finish his report. The story itself describes a successful mission.

Con: As Mitch says, the report is dull. As Mitch doesn’t know, his fantasy version is also pretty dull. The domestic scenes between Mitch and Lilith are fun at first, but they get old fast.

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