Monday, February 4, 2019

Painwise, by Robert Reed

★★★☆☆ Average

(Medical SF) By mid-century, most of the world’s problems are solved, so it seems unfair that a disease called Rampart is spreading out of control and condemning billions to a slow, painful death. (6,723 words; Time: 22m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 149, published on .

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Review: 2019.085 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Essentially, this is the story of how the narrator dealt with his wife’s illness across ten years of suffering, from about 2050 to 2060. At the same time, we gradually get more and more details about other things happening in the world.

Con: Comparing it to our experience with AIDS, it doesn’t ring true. Where’s the desperate search for the cause? The fear of the infected?

And what the heck does the ending mean?

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