Monday, August 15, 2016

Totem Poles, by Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling cover image
(SF Humor) Space aliens have invaded, but they're repairing the world--not destroying it--and not everyone is happy with that. (4,487 words)

Rating: 3, Funny but Strange

"Totem Poles," by and (edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden), was published on by .

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

Pro: There's plenty to laugh at in this story. The attack via body parts. The surprised alien exploding into grubs. Using grubs for cleaning, not just eating. The failed copy of Mumbai.

At a potlatch, Native Americans tried to out-do each other with gift giving, sometimes ruining themselves in the process. In this, ultimate potlatch, we respond to the aliens' gifts by essentially destroying the entire Earth. Best potlach ever.

Con: For something so silly, it has a rather horrible ending; a gasp, not a chuckle.

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