Thursday, November 8, 2018

This Constant Narrowing, by Geoff Ryman

[F&SF]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Horror) All the women in the world have mysteriously disappeared, and life is hard for the narrator, an attractive young man who’s not even a little bit gay but gets unwelcome attention. (11,008 words; Time: 36m)

Recommended By: 👍STomaino+2 (Q&A)


"This Constant Narrowing," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 11-12|18, published on by .

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Review: 2018.594 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: There’s nothing wrong with the writing. Narration is transparent and dialog is natural.

Con: I found it impossible to suspend disbelief for this story. The idea that you could shoot people and then “help” them so they’d submit to you is just nuts; someone would kill you, sooner rather than later.

Full disclosure: although I know the author is gay himself (as am I), I feel the story portrays gay people in a very bad light, and that doubtless affects how I feel about the story.

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