Thursday, September 24, 2015

Our Lady of the Open Road, by Sarah Pinsker

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One of the last live bands struggles to do performances in a mostly-online world. (16,300 words; Time: 54m)

Rating: ★★★★★, Award-Worthy
Recommended By: SFRevu:4 SFEP

"," by , appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction issue 06|15, published on by .

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The pieces of the story knit together perfectly. Luce has already chatted with Truly about doing a gig together. Luce worries about Daisy being stolen. The offer from the StageHolo people hangs in the air. We want Luce to take the StageHolo deal--we're painfully aware of just how much it costs her to be on the road, and how much she's lost now. And yet Jacky's speech about Luce not being herself without a real audience rings true, somehow. Luce belongs on the road, and part of what makes the road real is that bad things can happen.

Intellectually, we're quite aware that Luce is fighting a lost cause.She'd be far more sensible to take the deal. And yet there's something inspiring about someone who fights for a lost cause.She's true to herself and true to her principles, and whether we agree with her or not, we have to salute her courage.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I strongly agree. This is one of my favorite stories of the year. I look forward to voting for it at every possible opportunity.

  2. It is a great story and worth reading. I agree with the rating.