Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Living in Wartime, by R. Garcia y Robertson


(Space Opera; The Family) Amanda may be a war hero, but she’s also a teenage girl, and she not only has to go back to school, she has to go to court, because the government doesn’t actually see her as a hero. (20,098 words; Time: 1h:06m)

You really need to read the rest of the series from the start to make much sense out of this story. There may be some benefit in listening to the song “Living in Wartime” before reading the story, inasmuch as the author claims it was an inspiration.

"Living in Wartime," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 05-06|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.251 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The wild and crazy world of “The Family” continues to be interesting. The second half of the story has a decent plot, involving the rescue and return of the two children.

I enjoyed the reference to A.E. Van Vogt’s “The Weapon Shops of Isher.” I was also amused by the James Bond references.

Con: The fun and excitement of the earlier episodes is absent. This is dull and endlessly preachy. There’s not even a hint of a plot for the first 50% of this story, and if we’re actually going to take the setting seriously, then it’s hard to support someone who wants a monarchy with no elections.

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