Friday, April 6, 2018

Without Exile, by Eleanna Castroianni

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF) Nell left Koohar long ago, but now she’s trying to help the people fleeing from the ruins of the planet. (6,326 words; Time: 21m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 139, published on .

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Pro: Nell gets back in touch with her roots and determines to use the prestige that comes with her unusual childless status to help lead her people.

Con: Very little happens in this story, and the situation at the end looks pretty hopeless.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I enjoyed the style of the story. It reminded me a lot of the epic SF poem Aniara, written by Harry Martinson.

    1. I tend to think of style as icing on the cake. It can make a good story great.

      But I felt this was a case of icing with no (or very little) cake.

      I should definitely make more of a point of crediting stories for their style, though, even when I felt the story needed more substance.