Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Return to the Red Castle, by Ray Nayler

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Adventure) Years ago, Irem went to the stars, but the results were disappointing, and now she’s trying to settle back into an Istanbul grown strange to her. (7,171 words; Time: 23m)

"Return to the Red Castle," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 03-04|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.122 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This story is set somewhere in the late third millennium, say 2800 AD. Irem has returned after two centuries of local time has passed.

As far as it goes, it’s a fine little story. Irem wants to fix Umut in order to restore a piece of her past, and her persistence reflects her strong desire to do that.

The story does a nice job of making this future Istanbul feel real.

The Red Castle in the story actually exists. Today it’s called Phanar Greek Orthodox College, and it’s quite beautiful.

Con: We never find out exactly what happened to the interstellar missions went awry, other than the vague into that an extinct group of terrorists did it. Nor do we get a good idea what Irem plans to do, other than fix Umut.

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