Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left, by Fran Wilde

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(Slipstream Apocalypse) About the time botany student Arminae Ganit daydreams about how nice it would be to be a tree, people around the world start turning into trees for real. (4,068 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by E. Catherine Tobler), appeared in issue 33, published on .

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Pro: A beautifully written treepocalypse. It’s ironic that Arminae was the first to actually want to be a tree, but the last to become one. The connection to the story of Baucis and Philemon seems to be that because people were “rude” to the environment, the human race was punished by turning everyone into trees.

It was very funny that Sam’s roommates teased him about being a tree, but they watered him and made excuses for him.

Con: From the very first paragraphs, we learn that Arminae is a misanthrope; she hates human beings. The message of the story seems to be that she was right to do so; that the world is a better place without people in it.

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