Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Open-Hearted, by Lettie Prell

(SF) Palmer makes a living promoting fads, and he thinks the body modifications called "stomata" have enormous potential. (5,300 words)

Rating: 2, Not recommended

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

Pro: As body modifications go, this is definitely an intriguing one.

Con: The story doesn't seem to end. It's clear that there are unexpected side-effects to the stomata, but these are never explained. Palmer gets his own stomata and suddenly has no worries. Even if he doesn't care, you'd think someone would be concerned.

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

2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. The stomata creeped me right the heck out! And I didn't like that it ended with him giving in to the trend and suddenly becoming "enlightened" because of these extra holes in his body.

  2. Yes, there's a surprising amount of SF that's apparently written by or for people with extremely unscientific views of the universe.