Wednesday, July 11, 2018

All Clear, by Hao He

★☆☆☆☆ Strongly Not Recommended

(Post-Apocalypse) Zhang Dong’s village, one of the most prosperous in the ruins of the old city, comes under attack when two rival groups mysteriously slip past the perimeter. Could there be a traitor? (7,861 words; Time: 26m)

"All Clear," by (translated by R. Orion Martin, edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 110, published on .

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Pro: Zhang Dong (with help) stops the invasion, defeats the traitor, makes a critical new ally, and forges a new relationship with his son, if not his father. Plot and setting are both great.

Con: Narration is intrusive, dialogue is wooden, and point-of-view is not consistent. The science is bad as well. For example, children will not “evolve” psionic abilities just because their parents grew up using tablet PCs.

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