Sunday, October 22, 2017

Airswimming, by Aisha Phoenix

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(Modern Fantasy) Imani mourns the loss of her grandfather, so she goes to a clinic where sufferers of chronic grief can get over it by learning to “airswim.” (4,091 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

This is really a mainstream story with a very small speculative element added to it.

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 10/09/17, published on .

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Pro: It makes the point that sometimes we grieve for people who don’t deserve our sorrow, but our grieving is no less real. When the girls let themselves mourn for their abusive relatives, they finally get peace.

Con: This is a mainstream story with a tiny bit of fantasy clumsily stuck into it. It’s pretty dull into the bargain. Among other things, it’s almost half-way over before you even find out what the plot is.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I liked the atmosphere, and I thought the airswimming was an apt metaphor for working through grief.

    1. It definitely had its strengths.

      I couldn't help feeling this was originally a mainstream story that didn't sell, so the author stuck a little bit of fantasy onto it.

    2. Hmmm, doesn't seemed tacked on to me.