Monday, October 10, 2016

Lucite, by Susan Palwick

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(Christian Fantasy) Andrew obsesses over a used soul he picked up in the gift shop during a tour of Hell. (3,685 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"Lucite," by , appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction issue 10-11|16, published on by .

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Pro: The story explores the idea of what it means to sell your soul. As the imp in the gift shop explains, they take something of value in exchange for something worthless. Andrew tries to learn about McManus, but he's really trying to decide whether he still has his own soul.

He may be a "tech geek," but he obviously has a creative streak, witness the story he told in the nursing home. As he creates a drawing, for the first time since grade school, he finds the answer inside himself.

Con: We don't see enough signs from Andrew that he feels any regret about his life or the choices he's made to make the ending really work.

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