Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Unnecessary Parts of the Story, by Adam-Troy Castro

★★★☆☆ Average

(Dark SF Humor) In which we look closely at the plot of an alien-inspired SF thriller and discover something lurking in the hilarious plot holes. (4,810 words; Time: 16m)

"The Unnecessary Parts of the Story," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|18, published on by .

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Pro: It's remarkable how this little story manages to both point to the unbelievable behavior of the characters in a typical SF thriller movie and yet also give a plausible explanation to it all--at the expense of making the monster be the protagonist of the story.

Con: The combination of laughs and horror didn’t really work for me. Learning that all the too-stupid-to-live behavior of the characters was due to them being manipulated by the monster made the whole thing seem pointless. If the monster had that much control, why not just make them cheerfully escort it back to Earth in the first place?

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