Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Crystal Dipped in Dreams, by Auston Habershaw

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Post-Apocalypse) In a world so toxic he’s barely holding on, Goss finds a valuable artifact that might really change his life if he can live long enough to sell it. (8,574 words; Time: 28m)

"A Crystal Dipped in Dreams," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|18, published on by .

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Pro: Great dialogue and characterization. The worldbuilding makes this world (awful as it is) come to life.

Goss’s big question is:
Is this what the world was like? Before the Culling, before the End? Did we live like this?
And the answer he gets is:
The great cities of the Ancients, the lakes of glass, the crystal, and this strange, magical world; it had been real, and what’s more, it had been made with human hands.
This inspires him to try to change the world. It gives him the courage and the energy to fight Warth. In an utterly miserable place, it offers some hope.

Con: Things seem to be too far gone for there to be anything to do about it.

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