Saturday, April 11, 2020

Three Days with the Kid, by Tara Calaby

[Strange Horizons]

(Post-Apocalypse) In the ruins of a dry, blasted Australia, Edward looks after an abandoned nine-year old girl as they travel in search of an old reservoir. (3,202 words; Time: 10m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 03/30/20, published on .

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Review: 2020.197 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a decent slice of life in a post-apocalypse world. Edward’s concern for Rosie feels natural and genuine. Their journey to the reservoir makes sense in light of what Edward knows.

Con: Scientifically speaking, this is a rather weird apocalypse that results in all rain stopping. And if there were subsurface water to be had, you can bet the government would have been pumping it for all it was worth.

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