Thursday, May 2, 2019

12:20 Bus From the Basics, by Wendy Nikel

★★★☆☆ Average

(Near-Future Dystopia) As soon as Inna is old enough to draw her own Basic Income, she decides to escape from her controlling Aunt, but merely getting on the bus presents a certain challenge. (937 words; Time: 03m)

"12:20 Bus From the Basics," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 05-06|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.225 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Even short as it is, it’s a nice exploration of what a society with a Basic Income might be like.

Con: That seemed like a really unrealistic way to steal; among other things, it should leave a record.

There’s very little SF content to this one. Make it a welfare check, and I think the rest would go unchanged.

Although I think the story is meant to be hopeful, I ended it feeling very uneasy; for some reason, I don't feel Inna really has a chance.

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