Friday, December 7, 2018

When We Find Our Voices, by Eleanna Castroianni

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Colony SF) Centuries ago, a human colony lost all of its women. They survived by having sex with local trisexual birds, whose voices they steal for power. But the birds want their freedom and they want their voices back. (10,382 words; Time: 34m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 147, published on .

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Review: 2018.686 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: If you can swallow the what-if, it’s not a bad tale of struggling against oppression and a noble self-sacrifice at great cost.

Con: I can’t swallow the what-if. The idea of humans mating with aliens is too silly for me. The idea that the birds’ “voices” could be a significant source of energy is equally ridiculous. It’s bad about small things too. E.g., a child raised for four years with no one speaking to him will never learn to speak.

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