Thursday, September 12, 2019

Kabul, by Michael Moorcock


(Military SF) In the middle of World War III, a group of soldiers treks across what’s left of Afghanistan hoping that Kabul is still there to resupply them. (15,332 words; Time: 51m)

"Kabul," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 09-10|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.516 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story is well-written, and describes Tom’s experience crossing the ruins of Afghanistan and then looking through the ruins of Kabul and finding someone he knew.

I think the point of the story, to the extent there is one, is that it details how Tom “grew up” in the sense of accepting that this was the end of civilization.

Con: It’s pretty long and dreary with no payoff.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I'd also rate this one a four, because it's so extremely well done (not surprisingly), so it didn't seem long to me. Unquestionably, however, it's pretty epically bleak.