Friday, January 15, 2016

Dependent Assemblies, by Philip A. Suggars

(Horror) In 1890's Argentina, Alfonso and Marcelo try to manufacture a child to call their own, even though it's illegal. (~4,300 words)

Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

"Dependent Assemblies," by appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of Interzone Magazine (Issue 262), published by

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

Pro: We start with the couple burying Cecilia and them fleeing from the orinithopteron that's hunting Marcello. We end with Marcello carried away by an ornithopteron and Alfonso escaping with two girls. The arc is complete, at a price.

Lux animates girls, but it also animates corpses. It's described as "life-giving," after all.

Con: We're not sure where Isabella lives or how she stays alive, unless Lux creates zombies. Nor why Marcello doesn't keep her in the house (in the basement perhaps). It seems that if the ornithopteron was seeking Marcello, it should have found him sooner. It's also unclear why Alfonso rejected Marcello but accepted Isabella. 

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