Saturday, March 31, 2018

Zen, by Eliot Fintushel

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Adventure) Delilah is sure she can save the crew of her starship from the alien’s who’ve taken everyone over, if only she could get out of the brig. (2,736 words; Time: 09m)

"Zen," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 274, published on by .

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Pro: The setup is good; the ship infested with aliens that have taken over the minds of the rest of the crew, and with Delilah unable to be sure what’s real and what’s not.

Con: It’s a Zen story, so perhaps it’s unreasonable to complain that it’s not clear what happened at the end, but it’s not clear what happened at the end.

The narration and dialogue are rather unnatural. Part of that seems to be for effect, but, if so, it didn’t work for me.

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