Monday, October 12, 2015

Indelible, by Gwendolyn Clare

Clarkesworld Magazine, February 2015; 2,475 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary story

A man searches an alien concentration camp for relatives of his step-sister, who was an alien too.

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

Pro: The story makes the narrator's affection for the Shukar real; he loved his sister and his only friend today is a Shukar. He hates being told he isn't one, so it's logical he ends up trying to become  one.

Con: It's hard to believe that in all that time no one ever figured out that the Shukar shape-shifting ability could be transferred. Another hole is that we're never sure how the narrator's family ended up adopting a Shukar child in the first place--we were told they had very strong family bonds, so we wouldn't think they'd surrender a child.

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