Monday, August 6, 2018

Dying Lessons, by Troy L. Wiggins

[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Modern Fantasy Dystopia) A boy whose family members have ways of becoming invisible copes with the specter of an all-out race war. (2,589 words; Time: 08m)

"," by (edited by Sheree RenΓ©e Thomas and Rasha Abdulhadi, Erin Roberts), appeared in issue 07/30/18, published on .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: The gift of invisibility is very low-power, but, as the story suggests, it can be quite effective.

The setting appears to be a future fascist-run USA that directs the army and/or local militias to kill all the black people. Presumably the media don't report what's going on because they're government-controlled.

Con: The story’s setting is over-the-top, the bad guys are cardboard villains, and the whole thing seems to be set up to make us cheer when the narrator starts killing people.

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