Thursday, June 2, 2016

Depot 256, by Lisa Allen-Agostini

(Near-future SF) A young orphan girl and her friend dream of escaping from a future Trinidad, ruined by climate change, where food and water are scarce. (2,813 words)

Rating: 3, Unremarkable

"Depot 256," by appeared in the June 2016 issue of Lightspeed Magazine (Issue 73), published . This story is only available in paid copies of the magazine. It is not available online.

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

Pro: This is the story about how the narrator helps Annie raise the funds to buy the wet suit so she can swim to Venezuela. The narrator even sells her body to help Annie. Helping her is the only thing she can do that offers any promise of change at all.

Con: With one bad foot, Annie's chances of making a 60-mile swim even with wetsuit and flippers are pretty poor. This makes the whole story read like a sad exercise in futility.  

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