Monday, December 21, 2009

In the Autumn of the Empire

Short Story by Jerry Oltion
Available online for FREE thanks to the National Science Foundation
Published in Analog October 2009

The Emperor of a formerly very advanced civilization is infallible. And unlike the Pope, if he gets something wrong he has the tech to fix reality so he never was. The Emperor isn't too good with science.

At a hefty 2.5 pages, this one manages to be funny, meaningful, and the kind of story I'm bound to force many people to read over the years. This could have been written by Asimov; 4.5 out of 5, a perfect example of the story it is trying to be.

No comments: