Thursday, August 27, 2015

Butterflies on Barbed Wire, by Marie Vibbert

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, October 1, 2015; 3,614 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

A young man whose family is in the tattoo business has problems convincing his elders that they should try new things.

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Pro: Obviously Damien is the butterfly. The story starts with him trapped in a dead-end job, and ends with him leaving to make his own way in the world.

Con: It's hard to see why Damien stayed as long as he did.

Arguably, there is no speculative element essential to the story. The 3-dimensional tattoo technology that Damien's grandfather rejects could be anything else.

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