Sun, Moon, Dust by

15 July 2018

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First published by Uncanny A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy in May 2017.

Okay, this is wonderful.

There is something about Ursula Vernon’s writing that just works so well with my brain. I love her no nonsense characters, and her gentle subverting of tropes. Well, not always gentle, there can be trampling underfoot of stereotypes and genre conventions. And I love it.

In this short story a farmer’s grandmother dies and leave him a sword. A magic sword.

So you can straight away see the usual plot line, but this farm-boy doesn’t want to be anything but a farm-boy. So what is he to do with a magic sword, and how can he deal with the warrior spirits housed within?

He deals with it all in atypically Vernon way, small, grounded, utterly believable.

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  1. 1 September 2018

    […] reading makes it harder to pick just one from the month, but I think I’ll have to go with Ursula Vernon’s Sun, Moon, Dust which was up for best short story. It didn’t win, that went to “Welcome to your Authentic […]