Friday, May 10, 2019

Where The Rain Mothers Are, by Rafeeat Aliyu

[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Alternate-History Fantasy) When the local thugs come after her, Gherek knows she needs to flee, but she doesn’t count on taking a small child with her. (4,050 words; Time: 13m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 04/29/19, published on .

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Review: 2019.290 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The setting is a sort of African steampunk, a world where the empires of western Africa survived in one form or another and developed advanced technologies like firearms.

Gherek’s immortality is something of a burden to her, and she needs to keep it a secret, although the local people certainly know that immortals exist. Despite an absence of centuries, she really wants to go home, and to a great degree this story is about her reaching a decision to do just that.

The name “Gherek” can mean “submerged,” which is quite apropos, even if it wasn’t intentional.

Con: The story itself is quite thin compared to the setting. I wonder if this is meant to introduce a novel or something.

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