Friday, October 9, 2015

Twelve and Tag, by Gregory Norman Bossert

Asimov's Science Fiction, March 2015; ~9,000 words
Rating: 4, Recommended

At the end of the 21st Century, the crew of Tethys initiates a pair of new crew members via a story-telling game. Chilling.

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

Pro: There are few wasted words here. Cheung's story gives us all the background on this universe and introduces us to the key characters. It's a chilling moment when you realize that Zandt's story is a different side of Adra's. And that we have witnessed Zandt's second story, not just heard it.

Con: It's not clear why Zandt waited until the story to attack Adra--other than being stupid. Not sure why he had a limp. And never understood the point of the twelve and tag word game.

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