Thursday, August 31, 2017

Universe Box, by Michael Swanwick

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(Slipstream) A man who just stole the universe hides in Howard’s apartment, interrupting his attempt to propose to his girlfriend. Then it gets weird. (10,193 words; Time: 33m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Universe Box," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 09-10|17, published on by .

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Pro: At the end of it all, Howard learns to accept what happens and be happy in the moment.

The story is rich with cute literary allusions. E.g. when Howard and Shamkat (herself a character from Gilgamesh) barge in on the Black Lama, he sighs, “Even here I am found,” which is a different spin on Et in Arcadia Ego.

Con: The story is quite strange, and Howard is difficult to relate to. The weirdness is kind of fun (especially if you get the allusions) but it gets old at this length.

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