Friday, January 10, 2020

The Refraction of White Lies, by Meredith Lozaga

★★★★☆ A Nice Puzzle and a Bit of Excitement to Go with It.

(Android Drama) The narrator’s wife is an android, but she doesn’t know, and he’s at pains to keep her from finding out. (3,549 words; Time: 11m)

"The Refraction of White Lies," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 01-02|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.025 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story does a great job of building up the situation with the android mom and the adopted daughter. The mom has a few problems, but it’s a surprise that the dad is having health issues.

The twist is very nicely set up. By the time we realize what’s really going on, it makes perfect sense.

The tension in the final scenes is intense, and the resolution is quite satisfying.

Con: It’s hard to see what the point of designing such a robot would be, nor why you’d need to try to hide its nature from it.

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