Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Benefactors of Silence, by Nin Harris

★★★☆☆ Average

(Colony SF) On a lost colony planet, wars between rival empires have almost destroyed the nation of Lusini, but the narrator has a love for the old country, and lives with a survivor, who tells him what was lost. (1,782 words; Time: 05m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 243, published on .

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Pro: The sadness of what was lost in the wars comes through very clearly. The horror gradually seeps in that the narrator intends to kill Malaguena and with her, what little remains of the lost civilization.

Con: .The story is very slight, and we never understand why the narrator wants to kill Malaguena. (“You’ll never be Lusini” isn’t good enough for me.) If there's a message here, I'm not seeing it.

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