Friday, October 30, 2015

Tomorrow Is a Lovely Day, by Lisa Mason

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2015; 6,997 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Tomorrow, Benjamin graduates school and can start a new life as a teacher, but he has to finish one last day at a job he really hates.

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

Pro: We get to like Benjamin during the course of the story, and we're happy to see him finally break out of the time loop. The technical mumbo-jumbo is almost convincing, but it doesn't detract from the tale.

There's probably some metaphorical message about people who spin their wheels in jobs they don't like for fear that the world would end if they quit.

Con: Once Benjamin realizes he's in a loop, we wonder why he doesn't try pushing buttons or sending messages himself. Or even smashing the machine. His "victory" by simply not catching Dr. Schroeder when he falls seems rather thin. Dr. Schroeder seems rather unrealistic, sharing things with a guard that you wouldn't expect him to share. Also, the "observation" that collapses a waveform isn't about human observation but rather about interaction with any sort of particle.

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