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!