Monday, November 28, 2016

A Song Transmuted, by Sarah Pinsker

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(Cyber SF) Katja has been all about music from infancy, but she wants to do something really transformative. (2,966 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"A Song Transmuted," by (edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Throughout the story, the theme repeats that Katya wants the music inside her in a physical way. By the end, she achieves just that. Further, she doesn't do it in a trivial way, as her "friend" Kurt does; she finds a way that really does seem to be a step forward.

Con: For some reason, the story seems emotionally flat. We don't mourn when Pop passes, we don't cheer Katja's final success, and we're not even angry at Kurt's betrayal. Somehow, we never seem to be convinced that any of this matters that much to Katya.

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