“A Tower for the Coming World” by Maggie Clark

January 18, 2017

This short story is published as the first story in December’s 2016 Clarkesworld’s issue.

Summary:

Its premise starts slowly introducing us to this new world that is a result of several events occurring initially on Earth by starting with the catastrophe in Earth’s space elevator. The primary character’s point of view is that of a son that is burying his father in the new world’s soil.

Pros:

+ A rich rural scenery

+ details on politics

+ space technologies

Cons

– Slow pace

– We cannot connect to the characters

Notes: The story’s theme about planting the remains of a relative as a seed which will grow roots reminded me a lot the ender’s saga’s second book Speaker for the Dead. I will not say more though so to not spoil anything. Please read it if you haven’t yet, it’s a great read!

Wrap Up

  • 8/10
    Writing
  • 5/10
    Plot
  • 6/10
    World-building

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