Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Methuselah Generation, by Stanley Schmidt

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Alien Encounter) Emily is spending her last year alive visiting natural wonders of the Earth, but she’s intrigued to learn that an alien will be joining her tour group visiting the Monarch Butterfly sanctuary in Mexico. (6,525 words; Time: 21m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)

"The Methuselah Generation," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 05-06|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.222 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: From the very start, we’re sure Emily will figure out which member of her tour group is an alien and that they'll talk. After all, although the butterflies are cool, talking to an actual space alien is much cooler. The only question is how they’ll get acquainted, and her ability to read the Spanish signs is as good a way as any.

The final scenes of her conversation with “Bill” are very touching.

Con: The core of the story is supposedly the idea of a Methuselah generation, but this actually has no effect on the plot per se. It’s something Bill cares about a lot, of course, but I’m not really sure his insight about the butterflies is all that relevant.

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