Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Save, Salve, Shelter, by Essa Hansen


(Eco-Apocalypse) As humanity evacuates the planet, Pasha engages in a Quixotic effort to save a few of the animals. (7,713 words; Time: 25m)

"Save, Salve, Shelter," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 01-02|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.042 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Pasha’s dedication to her animals is heartfelt, and the sacrifices she makes are real. As time runs out, she gets more desperate, as reflected in her increasingly harsh actions.

Con: Pasha is crazy. Everyone has explained why she can’t bring the animals with her, and she ought to be able to see that they’re far from normal (and getting stranger).

Up until she starts murdering people, there’s at least some chance of redeeming her character, but the story seems to think she’s a hero and that her hijacking of an exodus vessel was something admirable.

Beyond that, the idea of a catastrophe where it would be better to leave the Earth than try to fix things here is pretty ridiculous.

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