Saturday, March 9, 2019

Death of an Air Salesman, by Rich Larson

[Clarkesworld]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Dystopia Romance) Maya’s drab life selling packaged air and sleeping in a capsule changes for the better when she meets a cute boy. (4,645 words; Time: 15m)


"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 150, published on .

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Pro: Maya and Dima certainly make a cute couple, and in the course of their romance, we learn quite a bit about this rather nasty future society.

This is sort of a retro-dystopia, in that a future where people need masks to breathe due to the pollution was popular in the 60s and 70s but seems to have largely disappeared since then, probably due to the success of things like the Clean Air Act, which sharply reduced US air pollution starting in 1970.

Con: The stakes are very low. At the end, we realize they’re not even as poor as we thought, given that they can afford to take a vacation somewhere out of town.

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