Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Monarch Blue, by Barbara Litkowski

★★★☆☆ Average

(Climate SF) Pregnant and freshly dropped out of college, Brie takes a job pollinating almond trees, because the insects that usually do it are almost extinct (4,071 words; Time: 13m)

This is the winner of Arizona State's "Everything Change" Climate Fiction contest.

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

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Review: 2019.251 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Although this is more of a vignette it does have a sort of plot in that it’s about Brie’s attempt to atone for the way she’s wasted her life, as symbolized by the butterfly she killed. When she loses her child and sees a surviving butterfly, the story is complete.

Con: Brie’s problems are almost entirely self-inflicted, so it’s hard to enjoy reading about her.

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