Monday, March 12, 2018

A Dog of Wu, by Ted Rabinowitz

★★★☆☆ Average

(Post Apocalypse) Tomas, a culler for the Wu Family, seeks the source of a heretical video in a ruined city where Family and Feral humans mingle. (8,008 words; Time: 26m)

"A Dog of Wu," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 03-04|18, published on by .

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Pro: Tomas completes his mission, but, more importantly, he’s able to disguise the fact that he’s been freed from The Way. There’s some hope that he’ll lead the effort that eventually brings it down.

The best part of this story is the setting. More than one Family of genetically modified people, but also a community of “feral” human beings as well, all mingling and squabbling. I won't be surprised if we see more stories in the same setting.

Con: Tomas is pretty helpless for most of the story, which makes him an unsatisfying protagonist.

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