Friday, January 10, 2020

Not This Tide, by Sheila Finch


(Time Travel) As an old woman prepares to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, she reflects on what happened to her and her father in England during the last year of World War II. (29,534 words; Time: 1h:38m)

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"Not This Tide," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 01-02|20, published on by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Review: 2020.018 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The heart of the story is the vivid descriptions of being a middle-class family in London during the 1944 V-1 and V-2 attacks and of being a soldier on an anti-aircraft platform at the mouth of the Thames. The framing story, with Mary at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in 2035 (we know it’s the peace prize because it’s being awarded in Oslo, not Stockholm) gives us a clue what the point of the intervention in the past was.

Con: This story takes way too long to get going. Ten thousand words into it, I still couldn’t tell what the speculative element was. Other than the framing story about the Nobel Prize, this read like ordinary historical fiction, and neither the events nor the characters was particularly interesting up to that point.

I can’t find much evidence of a General Klaus Hausmann being involved in the rocket program at PeenemΓΌnde.

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