Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Last Garden, by Jack Skillingstead

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(Post-Apocalypse) Casey’s only companion on the Airforce base is a robot, which is determined to protect her. That includes keeping her from investigating frozen clones that might survive in a distant vault. (3,899 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 81, published on .

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Pro: Casey comes to realize that she really does want to live, and that the Surrogate really is important to her.

Con: When Casey grabs the stick and wrecks the plane, all possible sympathy for her evaporates. It is hard to root for a character who doesn't seem to deserve to survive.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Well, that was depressing. Casey acting like a bratty teenager. The Surrogate giving until it had nothing left to give.

  2. Bratty teenagers (who actually act like 5-year-olds--not real teenagers) seem to be cropping up a lot lately.