Friday, May 27, 2016

1957, by Stephen Cox

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(SF Horror) Daniel is 17, attends a British boys school, and is very happy except in those moments when he remembers a very different life. (5,000 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by , appeared in issue 84, published on .

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Pro: The story does an excellent job of gradually letting us know what's going on, that Daniel Henderson is the prisoner of his obsessed friend Paul Parslow. That he's living the same day over and over again. It's heartbreaking the way his wife and children try to reach him. And the realization that he's never going to escape.

Con: We're never quite clear what's going on. Why 1957, when Daniel was born in 1972? Where is Daniel really? Why does he think he's 17? Obviously Paul has a better grip on reality, but are they both in 17-year-old bodies? And why are Daniel's family able to come visit?

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