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Saturday, June 30, 2012

"The Sun God at Dawn, Rising from a Lotus Blossom" by Andrea Kail

Writers of the Future XXIII

An epistolary story: told through letters from the genetically reincarnated King Tut to the genetically reincarnated Abraham Lincoln. Tut is young and slowly realizing the implication of being reincarnated in his far future: the difficulty of love as a museum piece, the difficulty of being a king without a kingdom and your former history, and the difficulty of politics making him the target and symbol of all that protesters dislike about world leaders, and finally the difficulty of finding out what the genetic museum curators actually have planned for him.

Stories told through epistolary form can be fun--seeing the world through another’s eyes but filtered for another, personal reader, which can create an interesting dynamic--but can also risk keeping the drama backstage. This one does not escape its risk; however, it does a great job addressing the fall-out of bringing someone back from the past.

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