Friday, November 15, 2019

Rejoice, My Brothers and Sisters, by Benjamin Rosenbaum


(SF Horror) Seeking an expose, a journalist from cyberspace comes to a reservation for people and things as they were in the 21st Century. (5,642 words; Time: 18m)

"Rejoice, My Brothers and Sisters," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 11-12|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.645 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Ages ago, most of the people in the world uploaded into some sort of cyberspace, and (apparently) found productive uses for most of the Earth’s surface area. But at least one “reservation” was created to preserve things as they were. The journalist thinks something is really wrong there, so he/she breaks the rules to sneak in and ends up trapped.

The locals know about cyberspace and many of them want to go there. Someone from outside seems to encourage them, but the process doesn’t work anymore, so anyone who goes through it simply dies. The journalist just upsets people when he/she explains this.

Con: It’s not clear what anyone thought would be accomplished by hammering at the wall. The ending doesn’t make a heck of a lot of sense.

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