Monday, January 14, 2019

2086, by T.K. Lê

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Ghost Story) The narrator tells how her grandmother disappeared trying to use a new teleportation device to go home to Vietnam but her spirit stayed around afterwards. (6,361 words; Time: 21m)


"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 01/07/19, published on .

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Review: 2019.070 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The best part of the story is the family interactions which tell us a lot about the personalities of the different characters.

I laughed out loud at this line: “It took a week before any police came because they thought we were making things up.”

Con: The premise is very hard to accept: that someone invented a teleportation device and it was first installed in poor neighborhoods and offered to everyone for free as a way of testing it.

The narration is a bit unnatural, although one could argue that it’s intended to sound like a non-native speaker wrote it.

The story doesn’t have an actual plot; it goes on for a long time and then just ends abruptly.

A minor but annoying nit: 2086 is not a presidential election year in the US. Even if it were, it would be in November, not January. This caused me to think the story was set in Vietnam for the first 2/3 of it.

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