Sunday, November 24, 2019

Nutrition Facts, by D.A. Xiaolin Spires


(SF Horror) Someone in a future China becomes obsessed with a humanoid machine that makes congee porridge and is sure it’s sending messages from their dead mother. (2,837 words; Time: 09m)

"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 31, published on .

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Review: 2019.657 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: I can attest that my Chinese mother-in-law is a firm believer that congee is good for your health. And I can confirm that even if it doesn’t really make you get better, it definitely makes you feel better.

The story has a nice combination of future tech with a touch of a ghost story. The mom was a great hacker, so why wouldn’t the copy of her mind find a way to reach her child?

Con: You’d think the mom would have just sent e-mail.

We never learn anything about the narrator other than that he/she is Chinese.

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