Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Yellow and the Perception of Reality, by Maureen F. McHugh


(SF) June’s sister Wanda suffered some kind of brain damage in an experiment aimed at learning the nature of reality. Two other people died in that experiment, and June would like some answers. (8,800 words; Time: 29m)

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Review: 2020.399 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Claude the octopus is probably the best part of the story. For some reason it was really touching when Claude wrapped a tentacle around June’s arm as though he remembered her.

Con: June doesn’t have a lot of agency in this story, and she’s not really trying to accomplish much of anything. The one concrete thing she does is arrange to see Claude, and she meets no real obstacles doing that.

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