Sunday, March 10, 2019

Every Song Must End, by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

★★★☆☆ Average

(Near-Future SF) When Henry and Clara went to Mars, their polyamorous relationship with Asher and Florence had to end, and Florence has never gotten over it. (5,422 words; Time: 18m)

"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 27, published on .

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Review: 2019.175 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The framing story is how Florence got over the loss of Henry, while the core story tells what their relationship was like.

It makes sense that a life-threatening emergency would be shake her out of her funk and remind her of how much Asher meant to her. It's nice that it ends with them whole again.

Con: This story barely qualifies as SF. Replace the Mars mission with a job-related move to Europe, and the effect would be much the same.

Maybe it’s just me, but I have trouble believing you can give yourself to two people. Every example I know of when people tried a multi-person relationship ended by breaking up into couples and singles—usually with a lot of bitterness.

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