Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Wrong Badger, by Esther Friesner


(SF Thriller) A US-based theme park tries to give visitors an experience of England that’s so realistic no one needs to visit the real thing. Of course this means war. (7,313 words; Time: 24m)

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

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Review: 2019.522 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This amusing tale of the English attack on EnglandLand is rich with allusions to literature and genre. The irony that the result is an increase in visits to EnglandLand is cute. The double irony is that Lulu eventually beats EnglandLand simply by out-competing them.

Con: It’s got a jarring mix of the very silly and the serious, and the final outcome is hard to believe. A lot of this story depends on it being funny, but there’s a limit to how many times “look how stupid Kevin is!” remains funny.

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