Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Grass Bows Down, The Pilgrims Walk Lightly, by Izzy Wasserstein


(SF Adventure) An advanced alien civilization offers Earth a technical boon if a single human being can solve a technical puzzle in a limited time. (3,670 words; Time: 12m)

"The Grass Bows Down, The Pilgrims Walk Lightly," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.009 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a decent hard-SF story. There’s also a subtext involving the importance of memory, both in the old Norse myths and in Erika’s loss of her partner.

Con: I’m not really sure the solution is all that great. It depends on the pilgrimage happening on exactly the same day each year? So wouldn’t she have noticed that the grass wouldn’t bend for her? Also, prions exist on Earth, but who’s to say that’s the only chemistry that could accomplish this?

Beyond that, I had trouble feeling anything for Erika for some reason; she just never came alive as a character to me.

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