Title: Habitation Without Representation
Author: Laird Long
Publisher: Damnation Books
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
Earth-2 is a storm-ravaged human dumping ground, where the Rules are enforced with brutal efficiency. Number one rule: two or less to each woman. It’s Fuller’s job to determine if Saski Burampso has had a third child, and it’s his judgment that could lead to salvation for the oppressed people of the planet.
For such a short story, it certainly plays on a great range of emotions: pity, apathy, sympathy, horror. The hero, the victim, the villian, all are in question until the last possible moment, and the outcome is a total surprise.
Usually with a story this length, I’d say it is too short. But in this case I think the brevity is a benefit. It gives you just enough information to keep the story interesting, without show its hand.
Overall, I highly recommend this story. It is brief, but very good.