Monday, March 28, 2016

Lotto, by Rich Larson

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(SF) Every refugee in the camp has a lotto number, and if it hits, he/she gets to go to the Mars colony. Eighteen-year-old William passes the time trying to score with the girls. (3,616 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Lotto," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 263, published on by .

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Pro: We're a little surprised that Yan is transsexual, but all the hints were there.

Con: There's no plot here; just a string of events. William doesn't do anything that advances his effort to get on the ship; his number comes up by luck. Nor does his background nor Yan's make any difference to the story; they're just random facts that never jell.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. This was rather slack and disappointing, wasn't it?
    Larson often writes characters who are a bit Bro-ish, but this one was full-on douche.
    I suppose the twist of "character tells a story and it turns out to be about them" was fairly well played, but that's the most I can say.