Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Brainwhales are Stoners Too, by Rich Larson

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(SF) Teenage Bea would do anything for Theo, including breaking into the lab where her mom works to get pictures of a real brainwhale. Fun read. (5,400 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Brainwhales are Stoners Too," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 257, published on by .

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Pro: The interactions between Theo and Bea feel very real. The way Bea's image of Theo gradually decays is priceless. At the end, she's done with him, and we're not sure how much the whale had to do with it, but we approve.

Con: The story is linear, with no foreshadowing. Theo is pretty much a cardboard character. We never do quite figure out what the whale is really there for.

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