Catherynne M. Valente. The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2010)

Originally on : Clarkesworld Magazine – and still online.

If you haven’t already, follow the link above and have a read of the story, it’s short, but it’s delicious.

It’s a story that’s a sort of kinematographpunk – with a touch of the Lumieres, the Vernes, the ERBs. Deliciously subtle world-building, a lot of thought has gone into the detail, which gives a sense of place and time with almost effortless ease (the effort has gone in at the writing stage, leaving it much easier for the reader). It’s our world, but not as we know it, Jim. And Venus is there, but different. And interplanetary travel. And with a clever structure, part film ‘script’, it’s a read that oozes class.

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