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Would you listen to The Impossibles: A Retrieval Artist Short Story again? Why?
I love this story. It's an amplified examination of what is broken in any legal system, particularly Western (US, UK, AU, CA, etc) law. There's nothing in this story that addresses the types of crime we're all too familiar with: domestic violence; rape; embezzlement; and yet the "crimes" that bring defendants to 'court' are just as frustratingly mismanaged by Rusch's Inter-species Court.
Rusch is able to imagine an entire legal system based on the Earth Alliance treaties with other species in the universe. For anyone who has experienced the nonsensical bureaucracy of traffic court, it is easy to identify with the frustrations Kerrie experiences with her workplace.
I am a big fan of how Rusch has inter-connected series with the Retrieval Artist and the Anniversary Day Saga. I believe the Impossibles could be the start of another branch of stories from the Retrieval Artist universe.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The diction, fluidity and clarity of narration were fine. There were times, though, when the narration felt unnecessarily emphatic and excited, when all that was really happening in the story at that moment was prose.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Kerrie ponders what it was that might have caused her to graduate 25th in her class, she transforms from a harried, overworked attorney to someone the reader can identify with.
Any additional comments?
Thank you Analog: Science Fact and Fiction Magazine for introducing me to this author.
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