These Are the Rules of Being a Hero by Emily McCosh

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: September, 2016 at Daily Science Fiction (it’s still available to read for free at that link)

Genre: super hero fantasy

Setting: totally generic

Summary: Short version: Read the title

Long version: A father talks to his son about the five rules of being a hero. The son is impatient to go off and save the girl, but the father wants to pass on the wisdom he’s learned about being a hero.

Final thoughts: A fine enough story, if nothing exciting. I do find it interesting how much you can learn about the son even though he never speaks just from the comments of the father. Even the fact that it’s a father speaking and not a mother is casually slipped into the story. A fine example of how to incorporate details without an infodump.

Title comes from: It is descriptive of the story plot


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