Friday, September 2, 2016

The Voice in the Cornfield, the Word Made Flesh, by Desirina Boskovich

(Present-day SF) An alien crash lands in a cornfield. It tries to get help, but no one can see or hear it. Almost no one. (5,125 words; Time: 17m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"The Voice in the Cornfield, the Word Made Flesh," by , appeared in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction issue 09-10|16, published on by

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Pro: There are two stories here: how the alien got help and how Miriam got away. It's interesting that the alien hurts people without meaning to, simply because it shows them too much of the truth. Esther dies simply because her body can't stand it. Nancy kills herself because she can't live with what she learns about herself (or about her feelings regarding the life she lives). Miriam destroys her relationship, and surrenders her unborn child to the alien's use, but we're given to believe that she was never a great fit in the community to begin with. It ends with the feeling that together they'll do great things.

Con: Miriam doesn't meet a whole lot of resistance. Jacob is such a nice guy he's even willing to drive her somewhere, as she leaves him and takes his child with her. Lloyd is developed as a super bad guy, but then nothing is done with that.

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