Thursday, April 27, 2017

To See the Elephant, by Julie Novakova

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(Near-Future SF) After a plague kills off 90% of Africa’s elephants, every survivor is precious. Doctor Adina Ipolla is called in to try to save a bull elephant that’s behaving very strangely. (8,224 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"To See the Elephant," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 05-06|17, published on by .

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Pro: Who doesn’t love a story about elephants?

The plot is clean and complete: Adina finds out what Mgeni’s problem is and even frustrates a poacher in the process.

Con: The alternating point of view between Adina and Robert is a little confusing. Robert’s infatuation with Adina seems pointless.

The resolution that Mgeni is a chimera works, but it comes out of the blue. Nothing prepares us for it.

Some of the narration is too intrusive, and some of the dialogue is unnatural.

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