Thursday, December 8, 2016

Some Things I Probably Should Have Mentioned Earlier, by Laura Pearlman

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(SF Humor) A man gets a letter from his wife, explaining a few things. She's not exactly human, but that's not the worst part. (1,756 words; Time: 05m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Deliciously humorous and creepy at the same time.

"Some Things I Probably Should Have Mentioned Earlier," by (edited by Mur Lafferty), appeared in issue 3, published on by .

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Pro: The story is filled with "aha" moments, where something surprising happens, and yet we've been prepared for it. For example, the bit about eating casualties of battle makes us unsurprised that the child will eat her father, and the still-earlier bit about her having trouble with irrational human eating taboos set us up for that one too. (Never mind her wanting to grind people up and feed them to crickets.)

And now we know what their long-term plan for the Earth is. The ending is a cascade of horrifying realizations.

Con: It starts as humor but shades into horror. That can be off-putting. There's something irrational about her writing a letter to a man who's scheduled to be eaten.

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