Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Elephants' Crematorium, by Timothy Mudie

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Apocalypse) A doomsday weapon has changed the laws of physics on Earth, and most of the population has perished. Liyana spends her time trying to have a baby and studying elephants, who have started to spontaneously combust. (3,887 words; Time: 12m)

"The Elephants' Crematorium," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 95, published on .

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Pro: Despite the apparent hopelessness of the situation, we have to admire Liyana’s efforts to keep the human race alive.

Amboseli is a real place in Kenya.

Con: It’s hard to believe physics changed so much that hyenas could turn into slime, eat some zebras and then turn back. The whole thing is magic with just a light dusting of science on it.

African elephants are dangerous animals. The scenes with the matriarch tenderly nuzzling Liyana are wildly unrealistic.

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