Friday, April 27, 2018

When the Rains Come Back, by Cadwell Turnbull

★★★☆☆ Average

(Alternate History) The anarchist island of Little Princess has suffered a drought for so many years that they may be forced into selling something they’d rather keep to the hated capitalists on the Big Island. (5,144 words; Time: 17m)

"When the Rains Come Back," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 05-06|18, published on by .

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Pro: Sasha makes her own dream come true, finding a place on the moon.

It’s possible that this story is meant to be set several centuries in our future, but I think it makes more sense to read this as a story on our world in about our time but where history went very differently.

Con: The story seems a bit scattered. If it’s about Sasha getting to the moon, then most of it’s a long diversion about mango (or are they plum) seeds. Or if it’s mostly about the mangos and the effect on Little Princess’s community, then Sasha has only a small role. It feels like two different, half-told stories rather than one whole one.

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