More than survival

Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 145Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 145 by Neil Clarke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review for When We Were Starless by SIMONE HELLER, 13204 words, ~29 p., ★★★★☆

“When we set out to weave a new world from the old, broken one, we knew we pledged the lives of our clutches and our clutches’ clutches to wandering the wastes.“

Bipedal lizards living in a post-apocalyptic, lost world. A possibly human race has left behind remnants of their technology. Nomadic tribes just barely manage to survive in a bleak, dangerous and hopeless world. A meeting and forbidden aquaintance changes the world.

Not easy to get into, as the world is only explained in brief strokes and the aliens are, well, alien. A story about hope and about wanting more than the status quo and mere subsistence.

I liked it, I think—I am still mulling it over. The ending and last paragraph was a bit too abrupt and brief for my taste.

2019 FINALIST: THEODORE A. STURGEON MEMORIAL AWARD, 2019 FINALIST: HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVELETTE, 2019 FINALIST: EUGIE FOSTER MEMORIAL AWARD

Can be read for free here: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/helle…

The author‘s German blog: https://www.simone-heller.de/epiblog/
And her English blog: https://missnavigator.com

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