Benjamin 2073 by Rjurik Davidson
In near future Tasmania, a disable scientist works on bringing back the thylacine as her way of keeping hope alive for a damaged world.
There was a lot I liked about this story. I love the idea of a living thylacine, and I could sympathize with Ellie’s obsession. The world building is well done and I liked how Ellie’s physical difficulties were handled in the story.
It’s a clever tale about hope and human endeavor, but I would have liked more thylacines.
I award Benjamin 2073…
The Man and the Crow by Rebecca Crunden
The titular man and crow are involved in a centuries spanning tale full of magic, murder and love.
This is a fascinating story and I wish Crunden had developed it into a novel. There is certainly enough material within this short story to fill out a good sized book. It opens with a compelling scene, where a young woman returns home to a very unpleasant situation. Once the magical elements are introduced, the characters and concepts come thick and fast.
Unfortunately, I found all this character and world building frustrating because it was constricted by such a short story.
I award The Man and the Crow…
The Spawn of Beasts
A collection of three tales from Tellusm – McQueeney’s fantasy world.
A Sapphire Serenity – a woman is trapped by mists. I like the fantasy world of Tellusm, so it was nice to visit it again.
A Good Mother – a mother will do anything to protect her child. I really enjoyed this story about grief and fear and perception.
A Diary by Philip – McQueeney saves the best for last. This diary of a young boy growing up in Tellusm is full of humor and horror.
I award The Spawn of Beasts…