Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Harry and the Lewises, by Edward M. Lerner

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Thriller) Ted’s tired of writing trash for a tabloid, so he takes an offer to research something strange that happened during the Lewis and Clarke expedition—stranger than anything even the tabloid ever printed. (22,869 words; Time: 1h:16m)

"Harry and the Lewises," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|18, published on by .

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Pro: The main appeal of this story is the tension and excitement, from the hunt for information on what Lewis really saw, to the break-in at the Masonic temple, and then the escape from it.

The author clearly did his homework. The story’s version of Merriweather Lewis’s account of the events of June 14, 1805 is very accurate. (“Original Journals of the Lewis and Clarke Expedition, 1804-1806: Volume 2,” page 156 ff.).

Con: The ending is unsatisfying. In particular, given that nothing is going to stop the returning Hroath from destroying the world, it’s not clear what anyone involved is really accomplishing. Perhaps there's going to be a sequel or a novel that expands on this.

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