Friday, July 10, 2020

Marbles, by Sean Monaghan


(SF Drama; Shilinka Switalla) Gabrielle has fallen behind on her task of finding a location for Shilinka Switalla’s next big art installation, so when the famous artist turns up, she’s sure she’s going to be fired. But Shilinka has something else in mind. (10,147 words; Time: 33m)

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"Marbles," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07-08|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.345 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: As far as plot goes, this one is straightforward: Gabrielle wants to complete the art installation, and she wants to establish a relationship with James. They seem to make a nice couple, so it’s fun watching them court each other.

Con: The only tension in the story is whether Gabrielle is going to sleep with James or not. The art installation seems to be unchallenging. It’s not even clear that Gabrielle really contributed enough to deserve having her name on the piece.

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