Thursday, March 9, 2017

Crown of Thorns, by Octavia Cade

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(Post-Apocalypse) In a remote scientific outpost , Andrew and his wife survived the plague that killed most of the world. Now they have to decide whether to join other survivors. (4,125 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 126, published on .

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Pro: The setup is a good one. A group of scientists on a platform with plenty of solar power and plenty of fish to eat want to decide how to help other survivors put the world back together.

Con: Andrew’s obsession over his daughter’s death seems contrived. It’s as though he simply wants to be miserable. His obsession with killing the starfish is probably a metaphor for something, but it’s not clear what.

He has skills that a shattered world desperately needs; his decision to stay behind is selfish and self-destructive. It's hard to respect him for it.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. He's transferred his guilt and helplessness about his daughter and the world into a determination to save the tiny little corner of it he has left. (Killing the starfish saves the coral reef). I didn't find him splitting with his wife over it particularly well portrayed though.

  2. Very depressing. Certainly not what his daughter would have wanted.