Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Quiltbag, by Ashok K. Banker

★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(Fantasy Dystopia) Octavia and her sentient handbag spark an investigation as they try to pass through customs. (5,113 words; Time: 17m)

"The Quiltbag," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 97, published on .

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Pro: It’s a bit of a surprise to learn that Octavia’s purpose is to pass judgment on alternate realities. Not a surprise her name is Reaper.

It's kind of cool in a weird sort of way when we learn the quiltbag hasn't been trying to protect her--it's anxious for her to rule against this universe so it can eat it.

Con: It’s all message and no story. Big slabs of it are as-you-know-Bob infodumps. The idea that racism is genetic is abhorrent, and killing an entire universe just because of the actions of one person is incomprehensibly horrible.

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