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Sunday, December 17, 2023

We Shall Sing a Song Into the DeepWe Shall Sing a Song Into the Deep by Andrew Kelly Stewart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Quite a claustrophobic post-apoc alternate reality novella. No complaints with the feel.

Taken out of context with many other great post-apoc SF, it even seems to shine a bit: a monastic crew aboard a nuclear sub, barely surviving after a nuclear war that sparked after the Bay of Pigs.

But it's the rest where I have a few minor quibbles. I'm a big fan of the Fallout game series and this novella just feels like a minor scene in the milieu. When it comes to the monastic feel, it's super easy to recall A Canticle for Liebowitz or especially the superlative Anathem -- but those two did it a lot better in every way.

I'm forced to think a bit deeper in this novella, unfortunately, about the incomprehensibility of keeping a nuclear sub going for so long... using stolen children. It's not like you can truly jury-rig the whole setup.

But that being said, the FEEL is pretty good.

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