Friday, September 6, 2019

A Square of Flesh, a Cube of Steel, by Phoebe Barton


(SF) A teenage girl wants to stay on the extrasolar planet she’s grown up on, not move back to Mars with her mom. (5,433 words; Time: 18m)

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"A Square of Flesh, a Cube of Steel," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.479 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: To earn the right to stay on La Mancha, Felicity needs to show she’s mature. Throwing fits and running away are the exact wrong thing to do, but abandoning her attempt to run away in order to save a life qualifies. At the end, she deserves to stay.

Con: The stakes here are really, really low. And is spending the rest of her life inside an exosuit really that much of a victory?

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