Sunday, April 2, 2017

Mine, Yours, Ours, by Jack Skillingstead

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(Near-Future SF) Members of I.O.E can get replacement organs when they need them, but they have to be prepared to donate one when asked. Emily discovers she has a hard time doing that. (4,205 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Mine, Yours, Ours," by (edited by David Brin and Stephen W. Potts), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The story definitely churns our emotions. We cringe at the physical violation of her donating the lung and yet we cringe at her walking out on her obligation.

The punishment from the online community seems justified at first, and then over-the-top—much like in the real world. Her doctor’s betrayal of her privacy really shocks.

Con: Emily’s problems seem largely self-inflicted. She knows she has problems yet she won’t even try the medication her doctor prescribes. She shows no sympathy at all to Alvaro’s situation. This makes it very hard to care what happens to her.

Nothing much really happens at the end. Her moment of infamy has faded, and she hasn’t really learned anything.

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