Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Impossible Male Pregnancy: Click to Read Full Story, by Sarina Dorie

★★★☆☆ Average

(Near-Future SF) When a man becomes pregnant, everyone marvels, but he struggles to hold onto his concept of himself as a man. (6,027 words; Time: 20m)

"Impossible Male Pregnancy: Click to Read Full Story," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 09-10|18, published on by .

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Review: 2018.487 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s amusing to watch the way Javier tries to cope with it. First wanting to abort it. Then wanting money to bring it to term. Attending a support group. Etc.

The scientific “explanation” for his condition isn’t too bad if you don’t think about it too much.

Con: It takes a turn from SF to horror when the thing inside him turns out not to be a baby after all. The ending, where part of the baby sticks out of him, is so surreal one wonders if Javier has simply lost his mind.

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