Wednesday, March 11, 2020

War Lily, by Beth Dawkins


(SF Drama) The recording of Shelby’s mind was meant to comfort her family after her death in action, but how does the recording feel about all this? (1,884 words; Time: 06m)

"War Lily," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03-04|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.106 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Ultimately this story explores the need to let go of the people we’ve lost. Shelby’s wife, Rosa, figures it out. Shelby figures it out and has to explain it to their son, Henry.

Con: The technology seems strange. Why is it in the shape of a lily? And why does Shelby remember all the replays except the first three? Also, the recording appears to have such great fidelity one wonders why it objects to being instantiated in a body.

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