Thursday, September 17, 2015

And We Were Left Darkling, by Sarah Pinsker

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A childless woman is consumed by dreams that she has a baby. (3,098 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 63, published on .

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It's difficult to suspend disbelief for this one. Over and over, Jo does things that make no sense. At the end, the story simply stops--we never learn what it was all about.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I read this because I have the issue of Lightspeed that this story is in on my e-reader and it is a short story. Didn't take too long at all to read it.

    I even read the Author Spotlight in Lightspeed to try and get some sense about this story. In brief it said to read as science fiction and that "a phenomenon with a biological explanation ...". Not very helpful.

    The only thing I can think of is a migration urge, but it still does not explain where the children came from. It also kind of remains me of a plot from The X-Files where Dana Scully has been rendered sterile when all her eggs got taken.

    The narrator has a name. It is "Jo" and it was mentioned once.

    It is very well-written and is short, so I might re-read it to see if I "get" it the second time round.

    It is not a story that I personally would consider genre.