Monday, February 26, 2018

The Spires, by Alec Nevala-Lee

★★★☆☆ Average

(Historical SF) In depression-era Alaska, a desperate bush pilot accepts an illegal charter from a couple who want to look for a legendary mirage in Glacier National Park. (11,489 words; Time: 38m)

"The Spires," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03-04|18, published on by .

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Pro: The best part of this story is the vivid descriptions of being a bush pilot in Alaska. Bill may not be making money out of it, but we sure can see why he wants to do it.

Con: It feels like it’s all set up for an exciting conclusion, but then it just fizzles. Bill flirts with Cora, but nothing comes of it, and Russell never even knows about it. They wanted to check out another site, but end up not doing it. Russell gets lost in the storm, but he gets back on his own.

The speculative element is not integral to the story.

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