Monday, March 12, 2018

The Harmonic Resonance of Ejiro Anaborhi, by Wole Talabi

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Adventure) Ejiro sees a small device fall from the sky, and she’s sure it came from extraterrestrials. But what exactly does it do, and can she get anyone to believe her? (6,733 words; Time: 22m)

"The Harmonic Resonance of Ejiro Anaborhi," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 03-04|18, published on by .

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Pro: Ejiro and her father are both solid characters. She’s very brave to try to use the device to protect her father during the protest, but by that point, we expect her to be.

Con: Too many things break suspension of disbelief. The only reason she can’t convince her father about the device is that she doesn’t try to show it to him. She has no problem showing the device to her friend Femi the next day.

Also, when she tells Femi “You saw it. You know what we are going to do,” I had no idea what she was talking about. Her decision to try to use the device to join everyone together seems based on wishful thinking, nothing else.

Finally, the outcome is essentially the destruction of the human race, even though it’s portrayed as a positive ending.

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