Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Virtual Swallows of Hog Island, by Julianna Baggott

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(Virtual Reality) Archer designs virtual worlds that help people with their therapy. He despises his boss, who has an unhealthy interest in one patient and neglects the others. (4,881 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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Pro: The descriptions of the psychiatrist using VR for therapy have a real feeling to them, and we learn all kinds of things about Archer, Klaus, and even Helen.

We're sad but not surprised to learn that Archer is suicidal.

Con: There’s no plot to speak of. Archer isn’t trying to accomplish anything, and he doesn’t change or learn anything special during the story.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Sigh. It's easy to see why Archer is suicidal, yet I was still disappointed in the defeatist ending. Maybe he means he'll play at suicide until he doesn't feel like doing it anymore, but it seems more likely he'd play it until he actually does it IRL. Interesting contrast between the boss who's more concerned with self-aggrandizement and Archer who actually seems to care about making others feel better...maybe to his own detriment.