Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Prince of Svalbard: A Saga of the Thaw, by Louis Evans


(Post Apocalypse) A young man from a far northern kingdom is blown off course to uninhabitably hot southern lands where he and his crew find a mysterious structure. (4,239 words; Time: 14m)

"The Prince of Svalbard: A Saga of the Thaw," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 11-12|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.603 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The main pleasure of this story is figuring out what’s actually going on. One should start by knowing that the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a real place in the extreme north. Ørretfangst is blown off course as far south as London, so we know that the warming has made nearly the whole globe uninhabitable.

Con: From the prologue we know that his people are going to reject his message, so the ending comes as no great surprise. The bigger problem is that the style of the story—an old Norse legend—gets tiresome after a while.

Also, having the whole world south of London be uninhabitable is way beyond the worst-case scenario for climate change.

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