Short on story but lovely to look at, Vitaliy Shushko’s short – influenced by many sci-fi predecessors and proud of it – is an action-packed side-scrolling tour of alien realms in the company of a fearless adventurer.
Logograms of the heptapods. To wit:
A logogram’s weight carries meaning, too: A thicker swirl of ink can indicate a sense of urgency; a thinner one suggests a quiet tone. A small hook attached to one symbol makes it a question. The system allows each logogram to express a bundle of ideas without adhering to any traditional rules of syntax or sequence.
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