Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Last Dying Man, by Geetanjali Dighe

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Nisha and Chayaa bear witness to the end of the world, watching Mumbai collapse, and "indexing" everyone who falls. Without knowing why. (2,600 words; Time: 08m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"The Last Dying Man," by (edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell), appeared in Stories for Chip (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Chayaa wants to understand what's happening and why. At the end, her realization that she herself is the destroyer, and that it's up to her to restart the cycle brings the story to a close.

We understand, then, why they "indexed" everyone--they all have to be reincarnated.

Con: So if Chayaa was the destroyer, what was that blue thing? And why is Nisha almost comatose? And what was the significance of the last dying man?

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