Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Shape of My Name, by Nino Cipri, March 4, 2015; 6,524 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By: io9

The narrator's uses the family time machine to try to reach some closure with mother who abandoned him in 1963.

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Pro:  This is the story of how Heron found peace with himself as a man and with the mother who could never accept him as a man. He may not have forgiven her, but he's definitely over it.

Con:  There are a lot of loose ends here. We don't really know why she left her family. Given the time she'd spent in the future, you'd figure the mom would have more understanding of transgender people. There's little or no indication of what the world of the future is like. If it gets steadily better (as the story implies) then why not choose to live in 2321?

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