Friday, September 8, 2017

Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics, by Jess Barber and Sara Saab

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(Climate SF) This story follows Amir and Mani’s careers starting when they’re teenagers in water-starved Beirut. (12,087 words; Time: 40m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by and (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 132, published on .

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Pro: The account of technologies used to deal with the water and pollution problems is interesting.

Con: This is a tale, not a story. That is, there’s no protagonist trying to accomplish anything; this is just a collection of disconnected events. The only common element besides the environment is Amir’s obsession over Mani, and that isn’t described well enough to make us believe in it.

Given the lack of a plot, the story goes on way too long.

In the early scenes, Amir seems to have a really low sex drive for a 16-year-old boy.

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Sara Saab Info: Interviews, Websites, ISFDB, FreeSFOnline

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