Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mutability, by Ray Nayler

Asimov's Science Fiction, June 2015;  6,800 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By:  Locus  SFEP

In a comfortable future world, a man meets a woman from a past he doesn't remember.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: We like The concept of immortals in a post-scarcity society able to do whatever they want, but unable to remember more than a century or two into the past. It's a nice detail that the book Sebastian has been studying is the same one Sophia tried to dispose of. It's sad that they know they were once happy together, that they broke up for some reason, and they're together again hoping something magic will happen.

Con: There's no actual action or tension of any kind in the story. It almost feels as though everyone has been drugged.

2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Beautifully written, very literary style. You get a really good feel for the atmosphere in the place and how it looks BUT there is something missing in this story, like it is a bit too genteel.

  2. It is genteel in tone and relatively action-free. But, time does pass and one hopes the two find "eternal happiness" together. A wonderful first sale to Asimov's for Ray.