Tuesday, July 14, 2020

One Time, a Reluctant Traveler, by A.T. Greenblatt

[Clarkesworld]
★★★☆☆

(Post-Apocalypse) The narrator tries to find the path to the impossible ocean at the top of the mountain to dispose of the ashes of his/her parents, but there are obstacles in the way. (5,798 words; Time: 19m)


"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 166, published on .

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Review: 2020.360 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s an entirely symbolic story about the narrator’s struggle to deal with the loss of loved ones. The stories about his/her parents travelling to the impossible ocean are about them dealing with their own losses—not always very successfully.

The narrator comes to the lake via a different path, though, and realizes that he/she doesn’t have to have the same experiences as his/her parents.

Con: The whole story is contrived to support the message, and the message isn’t very profound.

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