Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Passion Summer, by Nick Wolven

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(near-future SF) At 14, Jeff can get his first "passion" treatment, which artificially makes you passionate about something or someone. (9,117 words; Time: 30m)

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"Passion Summer," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 02|16, published on by .

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Pro: The edge seems to be coming off of Jeff's "meta passion," and he even seems to understand his mother better. It's not quite a coming-of-age story, since he's not really grown up all that much, but it's good nevertheless.

Con: The story is linear, with no "aha" moments or other special connections between the different parts of it. The author teases us for a long time by not telling us what passion Jeff chose, but this creates annoyance, not suspense.

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