Saturday, July 23, 2016

Patience Lake, by Matthew Claxton

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(Dystopia) Casey, a disabled vet in a cheap, rebuilt body, tries walking to another city to find work, but trouble is waiting out in the country. (8,313 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Recommended
Recommended By: GDozois:5

"Patience Lake," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 08|16, published on by .

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Pro: Casey's plight becomes real to us, and we really want to see him succeed. He wins his victory over Teddy, but at the cost of his own arm.

We feel for Sandra too, since she really needed his help around her farm. Sean's betrayal of Casey hurts in part because it makes them look unworthy, but it shows how hard times corrupt people.

Even Teddy is a victim, evil as he is, of the people who suckered him into buying augments he couldn't afford.

Con: It's a rather hard-to-believe future, particularly for Canada.

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