“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.


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.


+ A rich rural scenery

+ details on politics

+ space technologies


– 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

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