David D. Levine. The End of the Silk Road. (Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2014)

fsf040506Set in the same setting as Levine’s ‘The Wreck of the Mars Adventure’ in the Gardner Dozois/GRR Martin anthology’ Old Mars’.

As my earliest memories of SFF are the Burroughs’ Mars and Venus stories, I took a shine to the story at first – with its ERBpunk vibe, with the protagonist setting out for Venus in a silk-balloon powered vessel. However the story didn’t keep me engaged, as it became a more straightforward, albeit tongue in cheek, detective set on the swampy second plant with it’s froglike indigenous race.

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