Monday, December 4, 2017

Crossing LaSalle, by Lettie Prell

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(Near-Future SF) Mara desperately wants to join the Newbodies, but they put her on the waiting list. There’s got to be another way in . . . (5,595 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 135, published on .

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Pro: Mara gets her wish; they admit her to the Newbody zone.

The story does a great job of showing us just how empty Mara’s life is and how shallow her relations are with her roommates.

It also does a nice job of gradually letting us know what Newbodies are all about without ever giving us an infodump.

Con: It’s not clear why the Newbody agrees to let her into the compound. If suicidal tendencies are a no-no, why would that revelation make a positive difference?

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