Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Kindest God is Light, by Joanna Berry


(SF Drama) A depressed poet with writer’s block wonders why it’s taking so long to make a copy of her mental state. (6,835 words; Time: 22m)

"The Kindest God is Light," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 284, published on by .

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Review: 2019.667 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Superficially, this is the story of how Taia managed to make her copy after all, but it’s also the story of how she broke her writer’s block.

Her session with the soldier in red is the key: it doesn’t fix any of her problems directly (maybe it helps with the writer’s block), but it definitely tells her that the problem is not her fault. Once she realizes someone else is interfering with the Sync, she solves the problem herself.

Con: You’d think they’d have two or three people for each key role. Finding other people to represent despair shouldn’t have been that hard, so Taia’s failure shouldn’t really jeopardize the whole effort.

You’d also think someone expert in the process would have been called to look into the problem, given how important this was.

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