Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Oldest Solution, by Priya Sridhar

[Strange Horizons]

(Slipstream) Nisha’s feeling lost about the future of her job and her relationship, so she visits a therapist who’s possessed by a cosmic being who’s highly recommended. (2,464 words; Time: 08m)

Recommended By: 👍MHaskins+1 (Q&A)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 02/17/20, published on .

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Review: 2020.095 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Like any good slipstream story, it’s got great moments that startle a laugh out of you. Like the previous patent who had to cancel because their brain got turned inside out.

Beyond that, the similarity of a visit to a conventional therapist is amusing in its own right—particularly the way he doesn’t offer a cure for Nisha—just a sequence of appointments.

Con: I’m not really sure what the point was. Nisha decides that just because her life is insignificant on the scale of the universe doesn’t mean it’s insignificant to her, but that doesn’t seem particularly special.

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