Monday, July 29, 2019

Wrap Me in Oceans Wide, by Marissa Lingen

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[Strange Horizons]

(Undersea Thriller) Something in the water near the undersea city is hurting people’s gills, and Murex suspects his boyfriend, a surface dweller, knows more than he’s letting on. (3,292 words; Time: 10m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 2019 Fund Drive, published on .

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Review: 2019.000 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: There are a lot of great ingredients here: the underwater city itself, the genetically-modified amphibious humans, the threat to life, and the outsider boyfriend with a dangerous secret.

Con: It all just sort of fizzles at the end. Zo’s secret doesn’t amount to anything useful, and Murex just ends up doing what he’s planned to all along. A separate problem is that the undersea city and its people are absolutely perfect, with no moral or technical problems at all and having no use for the imperfect people on the land.

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