Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What Is, by Jeffrey Ford

(Apocalyptic) In 2025, the last survivors in drought-ravaged Oklahoma receive their last airdrop from the government.  (~6,200 words)

Rating: 2, Not Recommended

"What Is," by appeared in Drowned Worlds (edited by Jonathan Strahan), published by .

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

Pro: There's a good bit of tension as the survivors gather and we wonder what's going to happen.

Con: The time scale makes this really hard to believe; maybe 2125, but not just nine years from now. The political content is annoying and distraction, especially since it's delivered by the narrator in infodumps. The bad guys are 100% cardboard, and their dialogue is wooden.

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