Wednesday, October 25, 2017

And Then They Were Gone, by Ian Creasey

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(Near-Future SF) Samanda famous parents are going to upload and leave her behind. She’s suffered in their shadows, suffered their neglect, but she doesn’t know how to handle this. (4,299 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"And Then They Were Gone," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 11-12|17, published on by .

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Pro: This is really about Sam deciding what she wants to do with her life—or least deciding that there’s more to life than torturing yourself. She already cuts herself. She tortures herself by reading negative online accounts of herself. She thinks about uploading and getting her body plasticized. She thinks about tattoos. But she finally seems to find peace in song writing. Doing something creative instead of something destructive, and waiting for her scars to heal.

Con: Little happens to make us care about Sam. Most of the story is simply background. For example, the protesters don’t have any effect on the story’s outcome. Even her parents are barely more than background; she says she wants them around more, but it’s hard to see why.

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