A short story with a nice mix of sci-fi and fantasy. I thought the world-building was very imaginative and well executed for a novella this size. It was easy to picture it all in my head anyway (including that horrific execution scene!). The 2nd person narrative is not something I see a lot so that takes a page to get used to. I didn't know J. Y. Yang but I would certainly read more of them. These Tor short stories are a great way to broaden your horizon.
"A coup is a coup is a coup, and a bullet can kill you regardless of ideology."
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There's a lot packed into this short story about how we treat each other, how power operates and how fragile and strong we can be.
This is not my cup of tea (then again it's hard to say what is these days), but that doesn't mean it's not good. It is. Also quite lyrical and so sad.
This was not at all my usual fare, but I actually really enjoyed it. I found the world building interesting, and everything felt well pulled together.
It’s so difficult to do 2nd person POV right. Those who want to attempt it: take notice of this novella. Yang does it right. Also, I love that Ursula Le Guin coined “ansible” in 1966 and it’s still alive and well today.
A satisfying political story in a sci fi setting that lives and breathes in spite of the brevity of the story, featuring queer characters. Everything I wanted from this stumbled upon short read.
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