Monday, October 12, 2015

A User's Guide to Increments of Time, by Kat Howard

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Siobhan and Finn are chronomancers, who can manipulate the passage of time. Former lovers, they hate each other now, and use their magic against each other. (2,993 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended
Recommended By: SFRevu:4 LTilton

"A User's Guide to Increments of Time," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 03-04|15, published on by .

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Pro: Cute concept, her having less-structured control over time and him having very structured but less-powerful control. Nice slipstreaming where she checks his caller id. At a higher level, this seems to be an allegory for how time seems to stop when you're in love, and how when love fades, bitter ex-lovers waste each other's time--even if only through brooding over what went wrong.

Con: The ending involves Siobhan using powers we didn't know she had before. That's something of a cheat. Finn has been made so unsympathetic that we feel nothing for him when he's frozen.

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