Friday, October 18, 2019

A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy, by Rebecca Roanhorse


(Horror) Dez is abandoning his acting career in mourning for Cherie, his one true love. But there is a technology that can temporarily bring her back—or something like her, anyway. (4,408 words; Time: 14m)

"A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy," by (edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2019.546 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Dez’s desperate mourning makes perfect sense, and his ability to get brief glimpses of her from things she left behind (like fingernail clippings) is both understandable, clearly unhealthy, and profoundly sad. It’s no surprise at all that he jumps at the chance to experience her official “engrams.”

He certainly pays a heavy price for ignoring the instructions. He’s effectively haunted by a permanent ghost/zombie of his lost love.

Con: It’s hard to be too sympathetic to Dez, since he’s a drug user who keeps compounding his own problems.

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