Wednesday, March 6, 2019

January March, by Tom Purdom

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Near-Future SF) It’s a little too windy to use their flying elephant in the parade, but Kevin is overruled and has to somehow make it work. (6,975 words; Time: 23m)

"January March," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 03-04|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.131 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s remarkable just how much tension you can get from a story about someone flying a mechanical elephant in a parade on a windy day.

I like the future in this story. I figure it to be about 100 years from now. Climate change has had its costs, but people have make good use of AI and everyone seems to live better lives than we do.

Beyond that, Kevin’s a nice guy, and, for all his caution, he really does want to win too. It’s understandable that he’s very concerned about the wind, but the way he proposes they go up for a second try shows he really is part of the team, and that’s great. The romantic connection between him and Penny is pretty clear too.

Con: The stakes in this story are very low, and the details about the parade run on for too long.

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