Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Snow, A Flood, A Fire, by Jamie Berrout

[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Dystopia) Lupita Garza hates her job as a guard at the museum, her boss seems to hate her, and it looks like her uterus transplant isn’t going to get funded. Things go downhill from there. (4,119 words; Time: 13m)

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 01/29/18, published on .

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Pro: The story makes the hopelessness of Garza’s situation very real.

Con: The story asks for us to root for vandals who loot a museum.

Beyond that, the vandals are way too quick to take Garza under their wing, and that LumiΓ¨re system definitely seems poorly designed if it’s that easy to beat.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Yes, you get a good sense that Garza has been pushed to the point where being loyal to her employer just isn't worth it. Using Lumière is poetic since it's part of what drives her to this.