Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Old Man, by Rich Larson

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(Near-Future SF) Brought out of cryo prison to hunt his terrorist father, Zeke descends into the swamps of Louisiana with a lot of weapons and a lot of bad memories. (8,138 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Old Man," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|17, published on by .

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Pro: Zeke and his two dead brothers all become very real by the end of the story. We feel Zeke’s pain and understand why he wants his father dead.

The plot is about Zeke finding closure with his father—if only by killing him. By the end, Zeke realizes it’s something he can never do.

The Old Man’s scheme to live on through Zeke is interesting, and by the end we don’t really know what choice Zeke makes. He can't decide whether he's making his own choice or one he was manipulated into.

Con: The story never makes us care about Zeke or really about anyone except Elim. That takes the punch out of the ending.

The SF element in the story is disposable.

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