"Past Tense" by James Beamon appeared in Daily Science Fiction on April 1, 2013. "You will travel into the future, fulfilling your scientist husband's dream."
"Past Tense"(the title itself is a play on words in the context of the story) is actually told in the second person future tense. Normally, a story in second person POV does not earn above 3 rocket-dragons, but, somehow, Mr. Beamon makes it work. Read the story, and you will see what I mean. The story is a little difficult to follow, but, here again, Mr. Beamon somehow makes this, normally a flaw, into a strength. Time travel, where future and past may collide, almost by definition makes for a confusing story, and Mr. Beamon leverages this as a storyteller. 5 out of 7 rocket-dragons.
I also thought that the story was done really well. It made a lot more sense if you read it the second time, lol. But, yes, second person/future tense. Mr. Beamon definitely made it work.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your comment, scwade, and welcome to Songs of Eretz. I hope to hear more from you.Delete