Thursday, November 28, 2019

Parasite Art, by David Tallerman


(SF Drama) The narrator merged with an alien symbiont to create amazing art, and it’s been great, but lately he/she is feeling dissatisfied. But is there any way to remove the alien? (4,873 words; Time: 16m)

"Parasite Art," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 284, published on by .

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Review: 2019.670 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The plot is really about the narrator realizing what he/she really wants and then acting on it. In the process, we learn all about what it’s like being bonded with one of these aliens. Being so much more than you were, and yet also being much less.

Con: The narrator is entirely ungrounded: we never learn name, age, gender or anything else. It’s hard to like him/her very much; the person seems incredibly selfish.

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