Monday, December 7, 2015

All The Wrong Places, by Sean Williams

"Meeting Infinity" by Dominic Harman
(SF) A young Australian man regrets breaking up with a girl and chases her across time and space, trying to catch up with her and apologize. Delightful. (4,900 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"All The Wrong Places," by , was published on

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Pro: Probably the best feature of the story is the messages that his alternate selves send. "Partial success at Procyon B: found her but fluffed it." In their own way, they tell us as much about the narrator as the narration does.

At the end, when he's the last human left, he accepts the ensemble that humanity has become as being equivalent to finding Cate, and he's content at last. This makes it easy to read the story as a metaphor for any fruitless pursuit of a lost love.

Con: Although it has an emotional payoff, the story has no foreshadowing and no tension. It's fun, but it's simple and linear.

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