Sunday, June 9, 2019

A Dreamer Arrives in the Occupied City, by Malcolm Devlin

★★★☆☆ Average

(Dystopia Vignette) Maya and her young boyfriend attend a performance by one of the few people in the city who can still dream her own dreams. (5,552 words; Time: 18m)

"A Dreamer Arrives in the Occupied City," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 281, published on by .

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Review: 2019.299 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The biggest charm of the story is the way it gradually lets us know that something isn’t quite right here. The author does a nice job of introducing information just a little bit at a time. The background to the story (as much as we learn, anyway) is fascinating.

Young, innocent, considerate Anton makes a great foil to the jaded, cynical older people he admires—including Maya.

Con: This is a vignette, so there’s no plot by design, but it’s a rather disturbing place to set a vignette.

The background to the story is seriously incomplete, and that’s a serious failing in a vignette, since the setting is all there is.

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