Tuesday, August 28, 2018

When the Rain Comes, by Ron Collins

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Post-Apocalypse) Cubro keeps operating the station at the top of the Needle, even though it’s been a while since she heard from anyone outside. (1,385 words; Time: 04m)

"When the Rain Comes," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|18, published on by .

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Pro: The charm of this little story is the way we gradually figure out just what happened here. The whole world seems to have perished in some sort of ecological catastrophe that resulted in sulphurated rain killing things.

The horrible moment when she carries Lacey’s head to the sink to brush his teeth is unusually effective. (It gave me the creeps for hours.)

The title is an obvious allusion to “There Will Come Soft Rains,” by Ray Bradbury (Colliers; May 6, 1950).

Con: The story leaves too much unanswered. What was the bit about the Kera model? It doesn’t seem like it could have been a person, so why did Lacey die as soon as it left?

It’s not realistic that Cubro brushes Lacey’s teeth for him. That’s hardly something he’d have taught it to do.

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