Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Soursop, by Chikodili Emelumadu

(SF) The narrator watches a cooking show beamed down to the miserable remains of Earth from the happy people who live in the habitats above. (1,900 words)

Rating: 2, Not recommended

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

Pro: The story has a nice irony, that the descendant of an assassin works for the company of the man he killed.

Con: Not really a story. The protagonist isn't trying to do anything except experience a recording.

The science is very poor. It's not feasible (or sensible) to remove all the soil from the Earth and put it in space. Nor are human beings likely to do anything to change the rate of the Earth's rotation. Nor will there be a universal mutation that causes everyone to lose the sense of smell.

The trouble with these things isn't just that they make no scientific sense--it's that they weren't necessary to the story at all.

"," by appeared in the January 2016 issue of Apex Magazine (Issue 80), published .

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Didn't like this one. Nothing really happens, and the world-building just wasn't well thought out.