Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Breath, by Bruce McAllister

★★★☆☆ Average

(Near-Future SF; DreamPet) Merfolk pets became an invasive species when they went out of style, and people fish for them and even eat them, but one man wants his intact. (1,558 words; Time: 05m)

"Breath," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 05-06|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.282 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This little piece challenges us to figure out what’s going on. At first, it seems like a fantasy piece. Then it seems a little gross to be eating what used to be pets. And then we realize the protagonist wants his catch in perfect condition. Our first clue is that he holds it like a baby.

Con: Why in the world would anyone go to this much trouble when they could just buy a dog?

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