Thursday, March 31, 2016

Flame Trees, by T.R. Napper

(Near-future SF) Chi lives in a future Australia and suffers from PTSD. His doctor offers to erase the bad memories, but he refuses without explaining why. (6,040 words)

Rating: 3, Average

"Flame Trees," by appeared in the April/May 2016 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, published March 24, 2016, by .

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

Pro: The story does a good job of making us see just how dead Chi is inside before it explains to us how he got that way. By the time he undergoes the treatment, we realize that it has to happen--even if we're uneasy about letting him get away with what he did.

Con: The dialogue is sub par, especially at the start where there's some actual as-you-know-Bob dialogue. The notion that the memory machine removes the doctor's memories too seems extremely strange.

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