Thursday, April 29, 2021

Burn, or The Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super, by A.T. Greenblatt

Uncanny Magazine, May/June 2020

This is, just like it says on the tin, an episodic account of the life of a new Super, Sam Wells. His superpower is pretty marginal. He can create fire, and while it burns his hair, and his clothes, it doesn't burn his flesh. He's perfectly safe from fire.

But it's not a superpower that has a lot of practical use, in the superhero sense.

We follow Sam through getting accepted into the Super club, learning that since is superpower isn't one that especially useful on Main Team, the ones that go out and save people's lives and interfere with disasters trying to happen, his new job will be the same as his old job--accountant.

He's a really good accountant.

He finds out why being on Main Team is really, really no fun, and faces a major "life choices" crisis.

It's fun, and painful, and really good. Recommended.

This is available as a free read on the Uncanny Magazine website, and I am reviewing it voluntarily.

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