Friday, September 6, 2019

Awakening in the Anteroom of Heaven, by Brenda Kalt

★★★☆☆ Nice Beginning

(SF Thriller) After his people’s disastrous loss to the humans in the war, Agm Em manages a project to move a few special statues to the moon that serves as a cemetery world. Very special statues. (6,033 words; Time: 20m)

"Awakening in the Anteroom of Heaven," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.470 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: I very much liked the various twists in the story as we learn more and more about what Agm Em is up to. We don’t really know the circumstances of the war, but seeing the capital city in ruins through Agm Em’s eyes is very sad.

It’s very cool once we realize these statues contain the royal family, but it’s a surprise when Onagm ends up king. Given his strategy, though, he looks set to do a good job of it.

Con: This reads like the beginning of a much longer story. One I’d like to read, in fact, but this story itself ends right when it‘s getting interesting.

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