Monday, March 30, 2020

Where the World Ends Without Us, by Jason Sanford

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Post Apocalypse; Blood Grains) Six years ago, after the slaughter of anchors by Frere-Jones, Alexnya was made the new anchor, but now the grains have decided to try her for Frere-Jones’s actions—even though she had nothing to do with it. (16,573 words; Time: 55m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 299, published on .

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Review: 2020.161 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: In terms of plot, this is the story of how Alexnya was brought in for a show trial, and how she struggled to find a way to escape her fate.

For those who read the earlier episodes (and you can’t really get much from this if you didn’t read both of them), this story nicely brings the key characters from both stories together. More important, it offers some hope for the future.

It’s also nice that we get a bit better idea of how powerful the grains and the anchors are, and what their limits are.

Con: This isn’t really a self-contained story, although it is a complete episode. It needs the previous stories and at least the following story to be complete.

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