Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Why ‘Presidential Pardon’ Is a Great Espionage Story

Artwork © Paul Hair
Via me at The Loftus Party:

Espionage stories usually veer far away from reality in order to make things exciting. Fine. But I wanted to buck that trend (sort of). So I wrote “Presidential Pardon.” It’s set in a universe where superhumans exist, but apart from that, it includes some very realistic plot points, including one about how espionage works in the modern world. I made some flaws in executing this short tale, but it remains a solid story and it’s definitely worth your time to read. Here’s a bit more about it. (Minor spoilers ahead.)

“Presidential Pardon” is one of the 13 quick reads in Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice (December 2017). The major theme of the story is that it’s possible to do the right thing even when it seems like every choice will lead you to doing the wrong thing. For a bit about its conflict, see what I wrote about it last year here at The Loftus Party.

The plot involves protagonist (and superhuman) Adam White trying to figure out what to do after the government orders him to bring in a man who killed a traitor. What makes Adam’s conflict even harder is that journalists and others had turned that traitor into a hero, which amplified the damage he had done with his initial treason. . . .

Read the entire post at The Loftus Party.

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