Friday, April 5, 2019

The Last Eagle, by Natalia Theodoridou

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Post-Apocalypse Clockwork Fantasy) Fabiano hires a guide to find his friend Beatrice, last seen heading into the mountains in search of the last eagle. (6,220 words; Time: 20m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 151, published on .

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Review: 2019.190 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It's fun the way we gradually learn bits and pieces about the war between the “anarchists” and “bleeding-heart post-humanists” that left the world in such a mess, and it’s interesting enough I’d like to know more about it.

Con: It’s never clear why Fabiano wants to do this, and the story just ends without him either finding Beatrice or giving up. Nothing really happens in this story and nothing is resolved.

The idea of a clockwork automaton is pure fantasy—particularly one that can wind itself up—even though the story presents itself as science fiction (e.g. Fabiano and Beatrice used the Internet to look up names).

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