Friday, March 13, 2020

Many Happy Returns, by Adam-Troy Castro


(SF Sports) Gorman travels the galaxy engaging in all the risky sports that only the very rich can do, but he’s haunted by an annoying robot that keeps trying to interrupt him with a birthday card. (5,411 words; Time: 18m)

"Many Happy Returns," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 118, published on .

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Review: 2020.137 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a very cute concept: Gorman agreed to take control of the family riches, but only after one year to have fun—and nobody noticed the fine print that said it was a galactic year. But if he ever accepts the birthday card or eats the cake, he’s got to go back to the family estate and run the business from there.

Obviously it’s a metaphor for growing up and leaving the fun and games of childhood behind, although, in this case, the protagonist found a way around it.

Con: I wasn’t satisfied by the conclusion. I expected something to change, but nothing did.

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