Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Light Fantastic, by J.T. Sharrah

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) A Mr. Clarke tells the story behind a beautiful crystal sphere filled with a shimmering light that never goes out and which he just gave to grieving parents who’d lost their son. (3,469 words; Time: 11m)

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"The Light Fantastic," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 11-12|18, published on by .

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Review: 2018.570 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: So Gordon wanted immortality but got the immortality of stasis, not the living, breathing immortality he really wanted.

Con: It takes way to long to get going. The sober beginning, where Mr. Clarke tells grieving parents that their son has died, leaves us expecting something serious, but the pun that triggers the action, “I asked for Gordon’s gin. What I got was Gordon’s djinn,” makes it seem the story is meant to be humorous.

If it was this easy to talk to the Djinn and get Gordon back, why didn’t anyone ever do this before? The whole story seems to exist just for the sake of the pun in the middle of it.

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