Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Gatherer of Sorrows, by J.M. Sidorova

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(Hard SF) Shelly finds that RNA determines if a person is cheerful or gloomy, but the implications of cheerfulness transplants are unexpected. (8,717 words; Time: 29m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Gatherer of Sorrows," by (edited by Michael Brotherton), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: A dynamite concept; people can make themselves happy (or happier) by getting RNA transfusions, but it has an effect on their children.

Con: The story is very confusing. Was Rollie Paul's son or Yric's? Did Yric kill Paul and take his identity? If so, why? And why did the RNA transfers end up ruining the world (and the water, in particular)? And what precisely went wrong with Rollie? His problems seem far worse than just being a life-is-bad person.

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