Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Standard of Ur, by Hassan Abdulrazzak

★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(Horror) In Iraq in 2103, a young archaeologist from Britain finds something that interferes with “the Solution,” which has kept the peace for 12 years. (7,356 words; Time: 24m)

"The Standard of Ur," by (edited by Cristina Jurado), appeared in issue 113, published on .

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Review: 2018.550 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: By the end, we figure out what broke the chips and why the temple was locked up.

Con: There are too many problems with the writing. Among other things, the author keeps switching between present and past tense. For another, much of the dialogue is unnatural, and there’s a lot of intrusive narration, especially at the end.

The story has lots of hard-to-believe bits, but the idea that the goddess Inanna has risen again and she’s a consummate hacker is really hard to swallow.

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