“The Athuran Interpreter’s Flight” by Eleanna Castroianni
Reviewed by Victoria Silverwolf
In “The Athuran Interpreter’s Flight” by Eleanna Castroianni, the brain of an alien is placed in the body of a human child. The combination is used as a translation machine during negotiations between a human and a member of a different alien species. Their business together involves exploiting the aliens from whom the brain was obtained. When a crisis threatens their plans, the translator takes the first steps to becoming a free individual.
This story is very well-written, with vivid descriptions and strong emotional appeal. Its primary flaw is the fact that the antagonists are one-dimensional villains. The exploited aliens are also depicted in a simplistic way as completely virtuous.
Victoria Silverwolf had two dreams about paying for meals at restaurants recently.