Saturday, July 27, 2019

FiGen: A Love Story, by Kristi Demeester


(Near-Future SF) A woman secretly gets a biological profile of her husband to determine how likely he is to cheat on her, but she meets the likely target of his affection, and things don’t go as expected. (6,474 words; Time: 21m)

"FiGen: A Love Story," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 282, published on by .

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Review: 2019.410 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s clear from the start that this report is a bad idea, and it’s really clear that meeting Ava is a bad idea; the only question is how it’ll go wrong and how bad the damage will be.

The story does a nice job of setting our expectations; nothing happens that wasn’t foreshadowed. And the ending is also satisfying, wrapping up all the loose ends.

Con: This story barely has any speculative element at all, particularly if we assume the service was really a fraud.

Bea pays almost no price at the end for her infidelity. That’s something of a letdown.

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