Friday, February 8, 2013

Review of "A Phone, My Heart, and Maybe My Last Shred of Dignity" by Luc Reid

"A Phone, My Heart, and Maybe My Last Shred of Dignity" by Luc Reid appeared in Daily Science Fiction on February 8, 2013.  "In the future, a lesbian tries to impress another lesbian who is an aficionado of the twenty-first century."

The tale begins at the end and proceeds backwards in time.  The author proposes in his notes that it is difficult if not impossible to build suspense in a story whose outcome is known.  I disagree.  After all, aren't many mystery stories told in exactly this way, more or less?  The key, as the author points out, is to make the reader curious about what prior events led to the known outcome, and I believe that Mr. Reid was successful in this regard.  6 out of 7 rocket-dragons.

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