Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Jung Heeja's "To the Children of Earth" (novelette, colonialism, free)

I find this story interesting, in spite of 2 major flaws:
  1. Either the translation is bad, or it's penned in English by someone starting out in the language. It's not explicitly mentioned if it is a translation (original Korean), but it feels like one.
  2. Story telling feels rather mundane. Or that too could be translator's fault.
Reasons I found it interesting:
  1. While there are many genre stories in English that deal with colonialism, majority seems penned by Westerners. Also, the treatment here felt ... somehow ... modern.
  2. It's the first story I've read by a Korean author.
Story is about a hopeless galaxy-wide dissidence movement against Merwin colonization of earth. (Merwins are an alien race).

Fact sheet.

First published: Crossroads, October 2007.
Download full text from publisher's site.
Rating: B.