Thursday, October 5, 2017

What I Told My Little Girl About the Aliens Preparing to Grind Us Into Hamburgers, by Adam-Troy Castro

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(SF Horror) The narrator’s four-year-old asks uncomfortable questions about the holocaust that awaits the human race in just a few weeks. (2,472 words; Time: 08m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"What I Told My Little Girl About the Aliens Preparing to Grind Us Into Hamburgers," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 89, published on .

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Pro: The juxtaposition with the sweet little girl makes humanity’s fate all the more horrific.

There’s obviously a message here, but whether it’s about animal rights or climate change or drug addiction or even something entirely different, I’m not sure.

Con: Nothing happens here. He tells her what’s going to happen, puts her to bed, and that’s it.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Does Adam Troy Castro know where Adams keeps the bodies buried or something? Seems like he's in practically every issue of Lightspeed

    1. Lightspeed is actually more likely than most other magazines to give an unknown author a chance, though.

  2. In the Author Spotlight, Castro said, "It’s just a story about having to explain the unexplainable to an innocent."

    The sweet father-daughter relationship almost balanced out the dark exaggerated humor.