Reviews of stories published in Daily Science Fiction from September 11 through 15, 2017. Reviewed by Caitlin Levine.
“The Depths To Which We Sink” by Melissa Mead, Sept 11, 2017: Read Online.
A tale of mermaids looking for their souls. Mead creates a pervasive resonance with the darkness of the deep ocean. I found the unfolding of events in this story a bit confusing, but it packs a poignant heroic ending.
“Ships Made of Guns” by MV Melcer, Sept 12, 2017: Read Online.
What would you do if your planet was invaded by an overwhelming force? Would you fight, would you hide, would you plot rebellion? Or would you surrender? A gripping story with a vibrant narrator and a gratifying twist.
“We Always Remember, Come Spring” by Michelle Muenzler, Sept 13, 2017: Read Online.
This action-focused scifi story follows the grueling “races” held by planetary colonists. An enjoyable story marred only by a passing hint of colonialism. Muenzler efficiently delivers backstory and takes a sharp look at people pushing their bodies to the limit. Her narrator strikes a hard-hearted tone that invites us to explore the meaning of sentimentality.
“Smile” by Emilee Martell, Sept 14, 2017: Read Online.
Super-short even by flash standards, “Smile” is a satisfying revenge story for those fed up with being hassled as they walk down the street.
“You Can Adapt to Anything” by John Wiswell, Sept 15, 2017: Read Online.
My favorite story from this week! Check out the full review here.