Monday, August 7, 2017

A Man Out of Fashion, by Chen Qiufan

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(SF Hibernation) Du Ruofei sleeps until the future can heal his rare disorder. At first he really likes it, but the more he learns about 2322, the more uneasy he gets. (11,659 words; Time: 38m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"," by (translated by Ken Liu, edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 131, published on .

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Pro: There’s a good story here about how Du didn’t fit into 2018 and can’t fit into 2322 either. The discovery that the future rulers of Earth can control (or at least manipulate) even the forces of chaos was an interesting one.

Con: Way, way too much of the story is told through dry narration. It often feels as though we’re reading a Wikipedia article describing the events that transpired.

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