Thursday, July 5, 2018

Attachment Unavailable, by Leah Cypess

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Humor) The alien non-invasion has brought lots of benefits to humanity, but a group of moms on Facebook worry that the aliens want to teach infants how to sleep better. (1,896 words; Time: 06m)

"Attachment Unavailable," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07-08|18, published on by .

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Pro: The best part is the jokes. E.g. splitting the Middle East into two dimensions. Trigger warning for anyone who’s been kidnapped and experimented on by aliens. And “I am better than that, but I understand that mother and would never judge her.”

The gradual realization that Fiona is an alien intruding in the group—like Russians influencing the 2016 election—is suitably creepy.

Con: The story starts as humor but ends as horror, and that didn’t really work for me.

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