Saturday, December 14, 2019

Eclipse our Sins, by Tlotlo Tsamaase


(Climate Dystopia) Two children observe their mother’s horrible death as the spirit of the Earth, ravaged by climate change, forces her to give birth to death. (7,953 words; Time: 26m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 159, published on .

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Review: 2019.681 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Obviously the story is a metaphor for how people are destroying the planet. Tsholofelo means “Hope” in Tswana, Botshelo (the sister) means “Life,” and Itumeleng (the brother) means “Joy.”

Con: This was really unpleasant to read. The whole concept is bad enough, but metaphors like the sun menstruating across the sky made it worse. The idea of a respirator that can filter out racism is even more ridiculous that a respirator that goes into your esophagus. And a light-year is a unit of distance, not a unit of time.

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