Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Heart Of The Matter, by Nnedi Okorafor

★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(SF Medical Thriller) The president of Nigeria gets a heart transplant using a printed heart made in China which causes all sorts of controversy. (10,948 words; Time: 36m)

"The Heart Of The Matter," by (edited by Wade Roush), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2018.632 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The description of how a printed heart might work is reasonable, although the use of a spinach leaf seems a bit unlikely. The most notable thing in this piece is the author’s vision of how one strong, incorruptible man could thoroughly reform Nigeria’s government.

Once the surgery and the coup attempt get going, the story really picks up and is a fun action piece right up to the end.

Con: Endless infodumps and editorializing spoil this story. There’s very little actual action in the first half of the story; most of the story is narrated to us.

Once the plotters break into the operating room, the story collapses. Eze’s speech is so long and tedious one would expect them to shoot her long before she finished it.

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