Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Stars Above, by Katharine Duckett

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Alien Invasion) When the aliens invaded, Jack was with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan. Months later, he’s helping survivors and wondering about home. (6,431 words; Time: 21m)

"The Stars Above," by (edited by Dominik Parisien), appeared in issue 24, published on .

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Review: 2018.515 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story does a good job of making us feel Jack’s attachment to Alibek and to his sister. It’s easy to understand why he’s so torn. It’s nice that he gets one night with Ali before he goes.

It’s a very cute (albeit bitter) touch that the invaders use fake news against us.

Con: There’s not much real conflict in the story. Jack decides to leave. Ali helps him. Jack finally makes a move on Ali. It's reciprocated. That’s it. Everything interesting is in the back story.

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