Sunday, April 18, 2010

Paul Cornell's "One of our Bastards is Missing" (novelette, detective, free): Prussians don't want British princess to marry Swedish prince

Fast paced action story, but with magic - space-time "folds" used as caves & nooks. While the magic doesn't really come in the way of the story, it made me feel the mechanics of mystery was gamed.

Story summary.

A wedding in London - British princess marrying Swede prince. Amid all the merriment, there is a curious incident: a man vanishes into thin air in front of the whole crowd!

Major Hamilton will unravel the mystery, & major international intrigue...

Collected in.

  1. Gardner Dozois (Ed)'s "The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection" (2010).
  2. David G Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer (Eds)' "Year's Best SF 15" (2010).

Fact sheet.

First published: George Mann's "The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume 3" (2009).
Download full text from publisher's site.
Rating: B.
Nominated for Hugo Award 2010 in novelette category.