Title: Manifest Destiny
Author: Joe Haldeman
Published: Clarkesworld Magazine 2013, First published in Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1983
Genre: Science fiction
Length: 6392 words, short story
Reading time: 27:28 min
I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.
Today’s story is another one of Clarkesworld’s podcasts. I listened to it on the train on my way to visit my parents. I was planning to read something, but the train was crowded and noisy, so I put on a podcast and let Kate tell me a story.
The story read like historical fiction with a hint of perhaps the supernatural rather than straight up fantasy. That is not really unusual for Clarkesworld. The story was set in the early 1800 in New Orléans and Mexico. I really liked the voice of the story, it felt really authentic. It’s the first story I have read by Joe Holderman (I know shock and horror, how can I call myself a sci-fi fan) and I can see why the man is littered with awards.
The story itself was a lot less interesting than the characters and the glimpse into the 1800s American south. The story felt like the kind of thing told over a bottle of bourbon on a stormy night.
I like my stories with a bit more science fiction out fantasy, than the last two stories.