Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bury Me in the Rainbow, by Bill Johnson

[Asimov's]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Near-Future SF Adventure) As a new leader in an independent-minded community in the Dakotas, Tony gets the job of disposing of the body of an alien assassin. Between the locals and the aliens, things get complicated fast. (34,075 words; Time: 1h:53m)


"Bury Me in the Rainbow," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 03-04|18, published on by .

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Pro: The best part of the story is watching Tony wheedle all the different affected parties into doing what he wants them to do.

It's nice that there are no cardboard villains. Everyone seems to have understandable motives, and no one is unreasonable.

It creates an interesting world, and the ending hints that there are more stories coming in the same setting. I'll look forward to them.

Con: It’s hard to believe the Summit people’s best option would be to join the alien spaceship, and it’s hard to believe that the spaceship leaders would think the Summit community was the best choice of all the humans they might find.

The story didn't make me feel particularly attached to the Summit or any of its people.

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