Oct. 1 – Alice Sola Kim/ Hwang’s Billion Brilliant Daughters – 71
Alice Sola Kim is an American writer. Her short stories can be found in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and Strange Horizons. “Hwang’s Billion Brilliant Daughters” was first published in Lightspeed in November 2010.
I should mention first off that I’m now terrified of Ms Kim’s website. While doing research for this post, I clicked on her twitter link to her website and then had the strangest virus lock my computer down. I tried scanning for virus and it shut that program down. I went through two more until I found Hitman Pro 2. Hopefully, I’m in the clear, but I don’t know if her site is clean yet.
I have to admit, I’ve read this story four times and must have lost my first review with the crash. I really enjoyed this story, but I don’t want to go through again for specific quotes. So, by summary, the best aspects of this story:
1)Unique time travel method – I loved how the malfunction caused him to travel forward every time he slept. It’s terrifying to think of losing your children every time you go to sleep.
2)Strong attachment to family love – Tying in to #1, I enjoyed the emotional resonance of how every jump meant being farther from his home, and how he missed his daughters, while also…
3)Strange futures – …seeing strange futures that were oddly entertaining.
Great ending. No spoilers this week. Just saying. Maybe in comments.