Thursday, January 17, 2019

All the Time We've Left to Spend, by Alyssa Wong

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Robot SF) Ten years ago, all the members of the IRIS band died in an accident, and Ruriko blames herself. She keeps visiting robot constructed with the personalities of the band members hoping to find absolution. (6,755 words; Time: 22m)

"All the Time We've Left to Spend," by (edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2018.150 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is about how Ruriko finally found peace. Several things led her to that: first, learning that the relationship between her and Yume wasn’t a secret to the rest of the band. Second, Shunsuke pressing her to recognize that something is really wrong with this obsession of hers. Finally, the meeting with the robot of herself, which reminds her that she really had wanted Yume to dump her.

Con: I found myself completely uninterested in Ruriko and her obsession. It’s hard to write a compelling story about self-destructive obsession, I think, and I had to force myself to finish this one.

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  1. Now reprinted at Fireside: