Wednesday, March 18, 2020

If You Want to Erase Us, You Must Be Thorough, by L. Tu


(Dark Silkpunk) Young Aida trains at a military academy, and she rarely thinks about the past of her island, but she accidentally discovers a remnant of the past in the poisonous mist that surrounds the island. (6,144 words; Time: 20m)

"If You Want to Erase Us, You Must Be Thorough," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 33, published on .

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Review: 2020.156 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a rather sad story in which Aida learns about the genocide that eliminated her people. It’s also sad that she goes from being a star student to being a failure—even though she was only a star in the eyes of the people who slew her countrymen—because the ghost of the dead commander can’t really offer her a new life. She has given up her future but cannot become part of the past either—other than to die and join them.

Con: Merely killing the old commander won’t accomplish anything that I can see. It won’t bring the dead back—it’s an act of revenge and nothing more.

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