Eugene Mirabelli. The Palace in the Clouds. (Asimovs September 2010).

Following a ‘taut thriller’, a story much more in keeping with the best that Asimovs can offer. Mirabelli posits a Venice of the skies, punctuation his narrative with the backhistory that explains how after centuries of persecution, the Venetians, inspired by the Montgolfiers, headed to the skies, in vast dirigibles that hid amongst the clouds.

A young boy relates his experiences of visiting such a city in the company of his uncle. It’s a story lovingly crafted, with a lot of care clearly taken in writing in, and deserving of care and attention when reading it.

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