Monday, April 10, 2017

Seven Permutations of My Daughter, by Lina Rather

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(Multiverse) Sarah travels the multiverse looking for a reality where her daughter isn’t a drug addict. (3,757 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 83, published on .

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Pro: Sarah eventually accepts the fact that it doesn’t matter what happened in other universes; this one is the one she has to deal with.

Con: That’s such an obvious conclusion, it’s hard to see what she ever thought the point of the whole thing was.

The whole idea that Sarah has built a multiverse travel machine in her basement is hard to buy. The scene where it malfunctions and she physically swims through the multiverse is really bad.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Forget the machine in the basement this is really good realistic parents and adult children with addicted stuff sci Fi . I would give it 4 stars

    1. Yes, that's definitely a strength of the story. For me, the biggest thing that kept this from being four stars was that the conclusion was too obvious. How could she not know that looking for an ideal alternate universe wouldn't do her any good when she still have to live in this one?

  2. She thinks there'll be an obvious fix she can apply to her own world. Dahlia already knows this won't be the case, but Sarah has to see it for herself.