Saturday, July 16, 2016

Once More Into the Abyss, by Dennis Danvers

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(Present-day SF; Stan) Stan is sure he's an alien, or at least that his parents were, and he's happy to accompany his wife to the abyss, an archaeological site out west associated with aliens. (7,950 words; Time: 26m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Ellen Datlow), published on by .

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Pro: Obviously this is, for the most part, a road-trip story. It's also about Stan wanting to follow his parents wherever they went. At the end of the trip, Stan does exactly that, leaving his family in as good a shape as possible.

Con: As with the other two novelettes in the series, the supernatural element is so slight that we could attribute the whole thing to Stan having delusions. That vast bulk of the story is simply telling us things about Stan and his family that have no real bearing on the story, such as it is.

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