Friday, April 21, 2017

Seeds, by Margaret Wack

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(Post Apocalypse) In the ruins of the world, Snow learns that hope for the future lies to the north, and she makes plans to go there. (894 words; Time: 02m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 04/17/17, published on .

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Pro: The final paragraph sends a shiver down your spine that makes the whole rest of the story worth reading.

Con: With no dialogue, the characters are all flat and colorless. Even at just 800 words, it gets tedious reading so much about people you never learn to care about.

Why is the ship all girls?

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I wondered why just girls too. But skimming back over the story, it seems it was the women who kept this story of the seed vault in Svalbard going. Only they who believed it was something real they could find and not just a hopeful myth. Maybe women as metaphor for seed vault too.

    1. Not women, girls. Kids. I'm sure the story is meant symbolically, not literally, but even so.

    2. Hmm, it does specifically say girls...I'd been thinking women and girls. Snow, at least, is old enough to be pregnant, and she somehow knows it's a daughter, of course.