A tale of what might happen when an example of sophisticated technology is suddenly thrust upon a backward culture stepped in religion.
wly came back.
Miri looked around the the people.
'Isn't anyone going to investigate?' she demanded, showing the palms of her hands.
She was met by blank stares and tutted, 'Cowards.'
Meru grabbed her arm, 'What are you going to do?'
'I'm going to have a look.'
'What? Are you mad?'
'No, I'm curious. This is a visit from the heavens, I must see them!'
She pulled away from Meru, and walked over to the object. She gingerly raised a hand and touched the object's flank. She was surprised to find it cool to the touch. The crowd watched her with trepidation.
'Miri, get back here!' Meru called.
'It's all right.' she replied. The crowd gasped as she vaulted up on top of the object and walked over to the hood.
Miri was confused by what she saw. Underneath the hood was something like a small room. There was a chair surrounded by a series of tables in which lights and buttons were placed. Many of them were a familiar and reassuring red colour, s
Set in a world of the ground braking 80's computer game Elite (and all its later iterations including Oolite), the background, technology and other social structures are at least partly familiar to all who have played these games to any extent. This made the story more accessible as there was no need to start the sotry with page after page of background / set up / scene setting.
I did like this story, but it warranted a second read. The ending was quite sudden, and it would be ideal for a sequel.
The only problem I felt with it was that the two halfs of the story were imbalanced; there was plenty of description and prose in teh first half, but the second half seemed to race ahead. Maybe that was how i read it.
However, this and the other stories by Drew are highly recommended to anyone who played Elite, likes space stories or just generally wants something al ittle different.
A delightful little tale that will specially appeal to anyone who feels alienated from his//her culture.
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