Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Second-Last Client, by Yoon Ha Lee


(Apocalypse) In the last hour before Earth is destroyed, one of the aliens trying to mount a few last-minute rescues stops by a coffee shop for a peppermint latte and makes a discovery. (1,777 words; Time: 05m)

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 114, published on .

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Review: 2019.641 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a nice twist when we learn the aliens are saving characters from books, not actual human beings. And it’s bittersweet to learn that the brave heroine of the story chooses to stay behind and die with the humans who had loved her.

Con: Why can’t the alien’s just make copies of the books? And if they had time to read all these books, why didn’t they have time to help humanity as a whole?

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