Sunday, January 20, 2019

For the Wicked, Only Weeds Will Grow, by G.V. Anderson

[Interzone]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) On Requis, Mouh and their siblings tend the dying from many different races. Mouh has never seen a human before, and he turns out to be quite a challenge. (4,482 words; Time: 14m)


"For the Wicked, Only Weeds Will Grow," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 279, published on by .

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Review: 2019.056 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: For the most part, the story is about hard Arnold makes his final peace. He’s hard a hard life, much of it his own fault, but he finds his final rest and helps nourish the next generation of “druggles.”

Con: Arnold doesn’t seem to reach any sort of epiphany. He just gives up.

The idea of an alien race that's able to interface with the minds of all other races and able to excrete the most effective drugs for all other races is rather far-fetched.

What’s with those all-caps messages interspersed with the story? Why does Mouh think they can lure a luxury ship into crashing there?

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