Sunday, October 13, 2019

An Arc of Lightning Across the Eye of God, by P.H. Lee


(Space Opera) The magistrate of an artificial world has to decide how to deal with a creature that might be human or might not be. (3,740 words; Time: 12m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 157, published on .

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Review: 2019.580 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This seems to be set in an alternate universe where the Qing dynasty never fell and China ended up creating space habitats that are run more-or-less the way Qing provinces were run.

Con: The young magistrate is so indecisive that he’s not a very satisfactory protagonist. The story told in the interview is an interesting one, but it raises more questions than it answers, and the ending of the story is unsatisfying.

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