Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ghost Colors, by Derek Künsken

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, February 2015; ~3,800 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Brian is haunted by a second-hand ghost who, in life, had been a paleontologist loved Brian's aunt. Brian doesn't mind him, much, but his new girlfriend says the ghost has to go.

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

Pro: This is Brian's story, and he really comes alive. There's a strong contrast between Brian, who doesn't want to lose touch with the past, Vanessa, who doesn't care about the past at all, and Pablo, who doesn't have anything but the past. When Brian asks at the end, "Do you think it's important to know what color the dinosaurs were?" we know he's really feeling sad about losing Pablo, since he's all Brian has left of his aunt.

Con: Nothing really happens in this story. We don't even learn whether Brian goes through with it. Nor does Brian really have some realization or experience some personal change.

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. A lot of metaphors about people treatment of the past. The world where ghost haunting is normal is actually an interesting premise and has the potential to be explored in a longer story, is the afterlife a given? do people know exactly what happen to souls when they die? Can you trick souls to haunt the wrong person? Etc.