Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cleanout, by Naomi Kritzer

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2015; 5,242 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By:   SFRevu:4

The narrator and her two sisters have come to clean out their comatose mother's house and select items they might want to remember her by.

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Pro: The three sisters have very different personalities, and by the end of the story, we know them all very well. The hints that something wasn't quite normal accumulate, as do the hints that the mother needs some help before she can leave this world. The ending comes together as we might expect it to.

Con: Aliens that were similar enough to human to fool doctors but not enough to be fertile are hard to believe. It's disappointing that we don't learn any more than this about the mystery,

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