- File Size: 159 KB
- Print Length: 24 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Subterranean Press (January 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006UKNF74
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
An Election Kindle Edition
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Surely, running against insects and other non-human species will be tough for a human candidate, especially since humans are in the minority in the district. What do you offer to voters whose wants are totally incapable of being understood? What do you offer voters who speak such a variety of languages that you can't communicate with more than a few?
Oh, yeah, this is politics. None of that matters if you can instead get enough publicity to overcome all rational reasons for people casting votes. So, there is no difference between David's candidacy and that of our regular candidates. Scalzi has captured that concept perfectly.
Throwing in David's husband, James and the interesting participation of Latasha Jenkins, the author presents the campaign and election in a nutshell, or nutsomething. Humorous throughout, "An Election" does also trigger a few reactions in other parts of the readers' brains. Though that can never be good for those seeking office.
It's a cute short story. It's a sci-fi political satire. It's funny and well written. You should probably go read it now.
While this is mostly a farce, and a review of current political climes extant today, it does have a measure of potential, that all is not as large and bad as it seems in the mirror. This is not a Heinleinian take on politics. This is closer to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, in the way it feels. One of the disenfranchised has decided to take on the establishment, even if the odds are stacked to a ridiculous degree against. There is hope and salvation in the made attempt.
I don't think you have to be a political junkie to enjoy this story. And maybe if you take your politics far too seriously for your own good, this may not be for you. But if you want a small taste of why so many do not want to have anything to do with politics, this will be an interesting read for you.
I didn't give it 5 stars because it needs as Paul Harvey would say, "The rest...of the story."
So far all I've read by Scalzi are a few short stories, all of comedic bent. His writing style suits the material well and David's tale is enjoyable. The characters and setting are well developed, almost too much so. There are great details to everything that would seem to support a more substantial offering. While good this was a little lacking for me personally.
David's campaign escapades are amusing and certainly worth the current price ($0.99). If you are more of a fan of comedic shorts than me you will likely enjoy it more.
The only thing that I can complain about this humorous quick-read short story is that it ends all too soon.
Ordinarily, I'd say that .99 for a short story is a bit excessive but this is worth the purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Diversity of characters is the main interest in this story of local politics in a city of the future--diversity of species, with multiple alien characters and diversity of humans,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A Wagner Fan
Amusing, but not as thought provoking as the author can be. I would have given it another half star if I could.Published 2 months ago by MM3
Unmistakably Scalzi. Adore his sense of humor. Smart, crisp writing and clever, witty dialogue. What more can you ask for?Published 13 months ago by DC DG
Entertaining short story.
Scalzi's usual blend of cynicism and humor.
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