Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Review of "Persephone at Arm's Length" by Bridget A. Natale

"Persephone at Arm's Length" by Bridget A. Natale appeared in Daily Science Fiction on May 1, 2013.  "The wife of an astronaut who is stranded in space is petulant with her lover."

This is a slice of life story, the limited nod to science fiction being incidental to the plot.  There is no discernible allusion to the myth of Persephone (pictured) as far as I can tell.  Hooray for feminism and all that, but is a short story really the place to refer to the future president of the United States as "she?"  Both MCs are not terribly likable.  The first person present tense at the beginning of the tale serves no purpose other than being in the reader's face.  2 out of 7 rocket-dragons.

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