Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Glow-in-the-Dark Girls, by Senaa Ahmad

[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Surreal) A group of women have been chemically altered to set cities on fire from a distance. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea—including the women themselves. (4,199 words; Time: 13m)

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 01/15/18, published on .

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Pro: The story chronicles the evolution of the women from secret weapons, to public heroes, to public enemies, and finally to victims. There’s probably more of a message than “war is bad” and “public praise is fickle” but I’m not seeing it.

Con: There’s no development of the characters, so we end up not caring much about them. Nor is there any plot to speak of. As a result, the story is long and dull.

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