Thursday, February 13, 2020

Jigsaw Children, by Grace Chan


(SF Epic) In a hundred years, children are made using the best genes from multiple parents and then raised by the state. Lian grows up that way, and thinks it’s the best way, but not everyone agrees. (13,088 words; Time: 43m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 161, published on .

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Review: 2020.082 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: In the time span of the story, the sort of genetic engineering seems plausible. It’s also easy to see how Europe and the US might not use it. Anyway, the story of how Lian changed her mind over time is an interesting one.

Con: Other that Lian changing her mind, not much happens in this story, and it spans a very long period of time. Also, some of the dialogue seems unnatural, particularly the fight between Lian and Gen.

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