REVIEW: “Stasis” by Lucy Zhang

Review of Lucy Zhang, “Stasis” Cossmass Infinities 9 (2022): 68-73 — Read or purchase online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.

According to Aristotle, time is the measure of change: Without change, there simply is no passage of time. This is what the narrator, her brother Junlan, and the rest of their class find out when they end up in a stasis plane. No time passes because nothing ever permanently changes, or could change, and there’s no way out.

As a premise for a story this could have been incredibly dull, but instead the narrator’s wry commentary and perceptive self-reflection made it incredibly enjoyable.