Thursday, May 2, 2019

A Former Planetary Ruler Speaks, by Bruce McAllister

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Space Opera) A teenage planetary ruler finds out that it’s a hard job to do well, even if all your subjects appear to love you. (1,057 words; Time: 03m)

"A Former Planetary Ruler Speaks," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 05-06|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.226 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s very short.

Con: The whole concept is impossible to believe, but the real problem with this story is it exists only to deliver the message that colonialism is bad. Like most message fiction, it’s no fun to read, even if you agree with the message (which, in this case, I suspect 100% of readers will do).

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