Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Narrative of More, by Tom Greene

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A scientist studies the stone-age human survivors of a long-lost colony, and he finds there's something very disturbing about them. (7,000 words; Time: 23m)

Rating: ★★★★☆, Recommended

"The Narrative of More," by , appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact issue 07-08|15, published on by .

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Pro: A human society where everyone is a psychopath. The strength of this story is the account of how the narrator, known only to us as "More," gradually accepts the truth and even finds a plausible explanation for it. The irony is that he/she cares about "The People," and this leads to his own death (we surmise).

Con: It's unclear what the tribe gains by living as a group. It's not clear what advantage their language gives them--that is, why do they need to talk to each other?

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