Sunday, July 24, 2016

Kairos, by Sieren Damsgaard Ernst

(Near-future SF) A gene designer and her husband visit the tomb of Charlemagne and think about how they're about to turn the world upside down. (6,000 words)

Rating: 3, Unremarkable

"Kairos," by appeared in the August 2016 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, published July 14, 2016, by .

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

Pro: The story makes the narrator's hesitation to accept immortality seem plausible. The plot is entirely about her wrestling with the decision of whether to accept the treatment or to reject it, and, as a result, reject her new husband as well.

Con: There's little dialogue and almost zero action in this story. And we never find out any interesting details about the treatment. Does it make people sterile? Or is she just assuming that there could be no children in a world of immortals?

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