Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 34/200
El is a Spaceship Melody By Maurice Broaddus
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Edition, Issue 244
Finished on 3/4/2018
Issue #244 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies online magazine, a special double-issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4, featuring stories by Yoon Ha Lee, Maurice Broaddus, and Benjamin C. Kinney.
Genres: Fantasy, Space Opera, Sci Fi, Jazz
Jazz powered Space ships, and the conflicting philosophical ideologies between Improvisational Jazz Rebels and Formulaic Jazz Fundamentalists.
Here’s a short review for a short story.
Mysteries are afoot upon the Arkestra spaceship. The ship’s AI is showing signs of being sapient. The second-in-command is defying the captain of the ship’s orders and staging a command performance of jazz below deck. A crewman dies mysteriously when an unexpected meteor strikes.
I loved this. It was only a short story, so it was a quick read. I would have liked if the author talked more about the performance-art aspects required to recharge the ship’s jazz-powered batteries.