Andrew Miller. Graduation. (Asimovs December 2014)

ASFD14CoverA first story in Asimovs from Miller.

The graduation to which the title refers is also a funeral, as the young protagonist willing ‘dies’ to leave behind her human form, to become more at one with the planet, and to actively take a role in healing the harm humanity has done to the planet, on a dispersed, microscopic basis.

The drama and tension is at one removed, with protesters at such a sacrifice at more than arms lengths and family opposition related by the protagonist, but now shown, the protagonist isn’t given enough time for us to engage with her (decision already made) and with the exception of a frisson of last-minute jitters, other than a touch of enervating freedom in her new form, the story lacks just that little something.

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