Saturday, November 7, 2015

After His Kind, by Richard W. Strachan

Interzone, July-August 2015; ~3,800 words
Rating: 2, Not recommended  Recommended By:   SFRevu:4

The sole survivor of a colony ship nevertheless raises a host of rather strange children, and today he hosts a special ceremony at "the worm farm."

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

Pro: We start out very confused, but by the end of the story we understand almost everything.

Con: The concept of a place where people can reproduce like flatworms is very silly, and because it isn't introduced as the "what if" of the story, it falls flat when it's revealed. It's also not clear why the narrator has to always be the sacrifice; if they're really like flatworms, then any of the children should be able to reproduce the same way.

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