Monday, January 7, 2019

Fingers, by Frederick Gero Heimbach

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Adventure) Valley’s family fled to the countryside to get away from nanotech, but somehow it keeps following them. (4,758 words; Time: 15m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)

"Fingers," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.018 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Valley’s family are “refusers,” who don’t want anything to do with nanotech “fingers.” Roger goes beyond mere refusal into the paranoia of conspiracy theory. George is considerably more rational, but I’m sure he’s quite eccentric by comparison to most people in his world.

It’s rather sad that even after seeing what the medicine does for his mom, Valley still lives in fear of it. His crazy parents have done him lasting harm in their zeal to protect him from an imaginary threat.

Con: The story sets up lots of conflict but leaves it all unresolved.

A minor issue is that I’m not sure why the refusers needed to go naked all the time, particularly when they were willing to use blankets.

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