Thursday, November 7, 2019

Wolves, by Edward Ashton

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Alien Occupation) Wild humans are supposed to be extinct, but John sees one in the night, and his master sends him out to find it and kill it and the community it came from. (4,440 words; Time: 14m)

"Wolves," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 11-12|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.607 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: From John’s hesitation to kill Dana when he first meets her, we realize that he’s not a bad guy inside. This makes Dana’s solution to their problem understandable. If John is good enough to lie for them, the rest have a chance to escape.

Con: It sure does look to be a hopeless situation for humanity, and the story doesn’t really offer much new hope.

Dana is the actual hero of this story, so telling it from John’s point of view makes it weaker.

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