Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Luna, by David Samuel Hudson

★★★☆☆ Average

(Dying Earth) Luna is an orca, and Lee loves chatting with her, even though he knows it’s time they both moved on. (4,645 words; Time: 15m)

"," by (edited by Angie Dell and Joey Eschrich), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2019.255 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story’s about Lee more than Luna. The project has dwindled to tracking just one single animal, and his wife wants them to move to a new project in Alaska. Staying around isn’t doing Luna any good either, so he finally helps them both when he urges her to go find her mate and see northern waters.

Con: It’s a depressing, hopeless piece. The end is coming for humans too, so people are giving up on having children. Lee is just moving from one hopeless project to another one.

Animal communication as described in the story is pretty much a fantasy. After decades of attempts at it, the research suggests that no animal (besides us) has enough language ability for this to ever be possible.

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