Monday, November 27, 2017

Looking for Laika, by Laura Mauro

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(Alternate History) In 1988 England, 13-year-old Pete obsesses over the threat of nuclear attack, while his 5-year-old sister obsesses over Laika, the space dog. (11,786 words; Time: 39m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

This story barely has any speculative element at all.

"Looking for Laika," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 273, published on by .

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Pro: The characters of Pete and Bev are the best reason to read this story. We learn to love them, and we’re distraught when Pete destroys Bev’s fantasy of Laika the heroic space dog.

Con: The destruction of London at the end is gratuitous, adding nothing to the story, but without it, this wouldn’t be SFF at all.

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