Friday, July 21, 2017

Book Review: 'The Martian Obelisk' by Linda Nagata


I've been binging on and enjoying quite a few of the Tor Original Fiction short stories recently, and 'The Martian Obelisk' by Linda Nagata is the latest I've enjoyed.

Set on a devastated Earth, that has been hit with natural disasters, war and terrorism, and with civilisation still hanging on in "the lucky corners of the world", an architect and her benefactor are creating a huge obelisk on the surface of Mars, as a kind of lasting monument to humanity, as it withers back on its homeworld.

With the build up of doom and gloom from the beginning, you'd be forgiven for thinking this is just a depressing story set in a dystopian world, but an event and a revelation turn the story around into one of hope, even amidst the ashes of humanity.

This is a good short story that left me wanting more. Well worth reading and is available to read on the Tor.com website.

****/5