Thursday, February 13, 2020

Outer, by Hollis Joel Henry


(Modern Fantasy) Toozen and the other “Septembers” suffer discrimination for being different, but only when some of them gained powers did people start trying to kill them. (4,294 words; Time: 14m)

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

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Review: 2020.078 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Toozen comes across as a really nice guy, and his attempts to fit in despite the persecution he and his people face are heartbreaking. It’s hard not to see a parallel to the experience of gay people, where many of us can “pass for straight” and, in the bad old days, often did find ourselves persecuting our own people in an attempt to fit in.

Con: There’s not much of a story here, and what there is is mostly told through narration. At the end, the message is a counsel of despair: it says that if you’re different, there’s no hope unless you can kill everyone else.

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