Review: The Tusks of Extinction by Ray Nayler

The Tusks of Extinction is a short novellette/novelito (smaller than a novella) where mammoths have been resurrected and are roaming the Russian plains. It’s surreal, clever, original, and shot through with Russian darkness and heaviness.

It’s so short that I can’t tell you much about the plot without giving it away, but we see this world through the eyes of poachers, a murdered elephant biologist and activist, and the mammoths themselves.

There’s some switching between events in the past and the future, without telling you what’s going on, so that takes a little while to comes to terms with.

Like some of the best science fiction short stories, this felt more like a thorough exploration of an idea rather than a big adventure quest. I like me my quests, but I also really enjoyed this story.

Recommendation: It has mammoths. Read it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.