Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Black, Their Regalia, by Darcie Little Badger

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(Fantasy) Three college kids infected with the plague head off to quarantine, still believing their music can make a difference. (4,123 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Daniel José Older), appeared in issue 60, published on .

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

Pro: The best part of this story is the characters of the three "siblings" and the matter-of-fact way they cope with whatever happens to them. When their appeal for black clothing draws nothing but a pair of black socks and an offer to DJ "your plague prom," they just redraft it and try again.

Up until the summoning dance, the world of the plague and the camp comes across as very real.

Con: Their victory over the plague comes too easily and at zero cost. This makes the ending feel unreal.

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