Saturday, November 21, 2015

Red Legacy, by Eneasz Brodski

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, February 2015; ~10,100 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By:   SFRevu:4

In an alternate Cold War, Marya works on a secret genetics project for Stalin, but her goals aren't quite what the Russians think they are.

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

Pro: The story tracks Marya's descent into madness and oblivion. The only point of the reprise at the end seems to be to tie up a loose end. It's amusing to see a universe in which Lamarck was right and Darwin was wrong.

Con: Marya is a really unlikable character. The reprise makes that worse. The British and Americans attacking the center seems odd, since that would have led to a real war in real life.

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