Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Intertidal Zone, by Rahul Kanakia

★★★☆☆ Average

(Alien SF) Trax 9Legs worries that she’s too ugly to ever get a mate, so she braves the social conventions against cosmetic body modifications. (1,765 words; Time: 05m)

"The Intertidal Zone," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 05-06|19, published on by .

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Pro: It does a nice job of moving the concerns about physical beauty into a completely alien realm where we can look at them objectively.

It was easy to understand what compelled her to reject convention and seek the modifications; the sad account of how she worked so hard and yet no one wanted to fertilize her eggs was very moving.

Con: At the end of it, I’m not sure what the point of the story was. That if you’re going to get cosmetic surgery, do it while you’re young enough to find a mate?

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