Thursday, May 4, 2017

This Is for You, by Bruce McAllister

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(SF) He spent his childhood on another planet, but he’s trying to fit into highschool on Earth, and he really wants a girl. (1,245 words; Time: 04m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Extremely Effective

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 84, published on .

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Pro: What a twist! And then all the pieces click. We know how the girl Clare disappeared too. “A painting must do something.” “The minerals, if arranged right, can affect space in weird ways.”

A tiny story, but not one word is wasted.

Con: Everything is setup for the twist. There’s nothing else to it.

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4 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. That was unexpectedly unpleasant. I admire the execution - the twist was sudden but effective - but it wasn't my sort of story at all.

  2. The Lottery - nope, not even a little bit. Again, I admire the skill, but the story hits a squick button for me.

  3. Yeah, agree with Mark. It seems like it's light and sweet, and then ick! At least it was short.