Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Cigarette Burn In Your Memory, by Bo Balder

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(Apocalypse) After memory-loss plague strikes the world, Gouda helps clients track missing family members they can barely remember—even though she can’t even remember her own last name. (4,221 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 136, published on .

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Pro: Gouda wants to figure out what’s happening. The tragedy is that she doesn’t figure it out, but we do; aliens have spread a virus so they can loot the planet without the natives knowing what’s happening.

Con: It’s a bit confusing. At one point we’re told computers don’t work anymore. At another, Guda inputs data into her computer at home.

It’s a very depressing setting, and it ends on a note of complete hopelessness.

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