Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The Plague, by Yan Leisheng


(Epidemic SF) A plague that turns people to stone is depopulating the planet, and the narrator has the job of incinerating the bodies. Weirdly, some of them scream. (5,692 words; Time: 18m)

"," by (translated by Andy Dudak, edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 167, published on .

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Review: 2020.406 (A Word for Authors)

The bad writing makes this story hard to read. The narration is intrusive, the dialogue is unnatural, and it opens with pages of infodump. Beyond that, every aspect of the silicon plague is scientifically ludicrous.

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