Sunday, September 8, 2019

When We Saved the World, by James Sallis


(Allegory) Two retired SF writers deal with a menace that threatens their community. (3,968 words; Time: 13m)

"When We Saved the World," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 09-10|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.494 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Since there is no real story here, I suspect this is an allegory about the science fiction field and that all the characters represent well-known authors, editors (maybe), and stories. For example, when they talk about finding a canal so they can look into the water and see what they really are, this is a reference to “The Million-Year Picnic,” by Ray Bradbury.

Con: Most of it makes little sense to me. Who is “Bob?” Robert Heinlein? Robert Silverberg? Neither seems like a great fit for an immortal deaf-mute janitor.

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