Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Pride of Salinkari, by Elizabeth Crowe

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[Strange Horizons]

(Colony SF) In a culture that teaches that you should commit suicide when you’re at your peak, a young man kills himself after winning a prize and his parents prosecute his teacher. (6,745 words; Time: 22m)

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"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 04/06/20, published on .

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Pro: It poses an interesting philosophical question. It’s rather alien to the ethics we live by, but it’s possible to imagine a society that lived that way.

Con: My biggest complaint is that the protagonist is a wimp who won’t speak up for himself nor will he let anyone else do it. His unwillingness even to denounce the corruption and injustice of his trial leaves me irritated and annoyed at the end.

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