Friday, July 12, 2019

The Null Space Conundrum, by Violet Allen

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Space Opera) Aria thinks her partner Kantikle is, like, totally uncool, but they have to work together if they’re going to catch The Aeon Who Judges All Things before they’ve been in the Warp too long. (7,215 words; Time: 24m)

"The Null Space Conundrum," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 110, published on .

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Review: 2019.401 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story doesn’t take itself too seriously, which lets it get away with being a bit silly. In basic plot terms, Aria and Kantikle need to get a message to Aeon the Judge before it decides to extinguish the universe (or something), but they have to fight Aria’s evil twin, Aspera. There’s even a subplot of Aria and Kantikle learning to like each other.

The names are amusing: Aria and Kantikle (Canticle) are both types of song. “Astra” and “Aspera” mean “the stars” and “sweat” as in the epigram “ad astra per aspera” (to the stars via sweat).

The line “We high five” tickled me.

Con: It’s very, very silly, and we never do find what Aeon was all about.

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