Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Properties of Shadow, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

★★★☆☆ Mixed

(SF Adventure) Sisstiss assists the Terran artist Maga, who creates art from rubbish. The current planet is very dull, Sisstiss is secretly about to have children, and they’re haunted by a stalker. (4,997 words; Time: 16m)

"The Properties of Shadow," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 05-06|18, published on by .

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Pro: Sisstiss is a fascinating creature with an intriguing background. They and Maga clearly have an interesting history, which hints at an interesting universe too.

Con: The pieces don’t really come together. Tillart seems to just be crazy; there’s no way his actions could have ever led Maga to cooperate with him on anything.

It’s rather creepy that Sisstiss is using Maga to brood a clutch of young, even if it doesn’t seem to be having any obvious effect on her. That makes it hard to root for Sisstiss, since I continually kept thinking of them as a parasite.

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