Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Disappeared, by Leah Cypess


(Abduction SF) Like other of the Disappeared, Daniel’s mom came back physically improved, but he’s sure her mind isn’t the same. Even though she denies it. (13,206 words; Time: 44m)

"The Disappeared," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07-08|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.372 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The plot is really about Daniel healing his relationship with his mom. This ought to resonate with most people who, as adults, struggle with their relationships with parents who really do seem like they’ve been modified by aliens sometimes.

Daniel’s attempt to get abducted himself (and his mother’s reaction to that) speaks volumes, both about his real reasons for being unhappy with his mother but also about the extent to which she really does care about him.

Con: The SF element of the story is very slight, and we learn almost nothing about the Disappeared.

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