Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Review of "Harmonies of Time" by Caroline M. Yoachim

"Harmonies of Time" by Caroline M. Yoachim was posted in Daily Science Fiction on January 1, 2013.  "A recipient of cochlear implants is chosen by an alien race to be wired to sense the stream of time in order to be able to communicate as they do." 

Short stories by Ms. Yoachim that have appeared previously in DSF and were reviewed in Songs of Eretz include:  "The Safe Road" (reviewed November 22, 2012), "Blue Sand" (reviewed October 8, 2012), and "After the Earthquake" (reviewed July 12, 2012).

"Harmonies of Time" is a beautifully written story.  It reads like a prose poem.  I was transported.  It is a story about possibilities, of how every choice we make sends us along a unique pathway in time.

The POV character reminded me of Griffin, the alien played by Michael Stuhlbarg in Men in Black III who could sense every possible future.  However, in her notes, the author reveals that her story was inspired by a video about a person who receives cochlear implants and hears for the first time.  The idea of acquiring a new sense intrigued her, and "Harmonies of Time" was the result.  7 out of 7 rocket dragons.

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