Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cassandra, by Ken Liu

Clarkesworld Magazine, March 2015; 5,462 words
Rating: 4, Recommended  Recommended By: io9

Nameless lady villain explains how misguided Superman is for trying to stop her.

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

Pro: It's very nice that we can see her reasoning just as well as we can see Superman's. The irony of them using similar arguments "I saved a girl named Clara" "I just stopped you from murder" is delicious. There's even a deeper level to the story, which is about how even in real life we do have some ability to see the future, but what are the consequences of acting on that? Nice that it ends with them both at large, both seeing the other as the #1 enemy.

Con: Since we're in a cartoon world, it's hard to really feel anything emotional here.

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I liked this story a lot, great villain origin story and the best part is how the author can use the villain as the narrator and not making the ‘Showboat’ as a dumb doofus, it managed to show that no one is 100% right and ends with no one on the rights.

    The only bit I have issues with is that it’s kinda absurd how someone whose only superpower is an unreliable precog can go toe to toe against Superman