Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Ascent to Godhood, by JY Yang


(Silkpunk Epic) In which we learn Lady Han’s background and how she left the Protectorate’s service and joined the Machinist rebellion. (22,371 words; Time: 1h:14m)

This story depends heavily on the three before it and on the ones that (presumably) will come after. See related articles on

"The Ascent to Godhood," by (edited by Carl Engle-Laird), published on by .

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Review: 2019.418 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story of Lady Han’s rise, betrayal, and flight is entertaining if you’ve read the previous three novellas and have some interest in how the Protectorate came to be in the state it’s in.

Con: It doesn’t advance the story so much as fill in the gaps between the prior three novellas, which were rather loosely connected. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger so much as it just doesn’t end at all.

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