Monday, January 7, 2019

Temple of Children, by Jennifer R. Povey

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) The Earth base crew get along fairly well with the natives except that lately the Xlan have taken to abducting human children. (1,926 words; Time: 06m)

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

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Review: 2019.015 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s amusing that the Xlan use porn pictures to convince themselves Pauline is really female, and it’s nice that they thought they were protecting the kids.

Con: The human reaction to having our children abducted would be far more extreme that what’s described here.

Given that the Xlan knew people produce only one child at a time (usually) and that humans have a taboo about discussing mating, there is zero chance that they didn’t know humans don’t go through the same development process they do.

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