Naomi Kritzer. The Wall. (Asimovs, April/May 2013)

asimovs130405I’ve a soft spot for anything to do with the Berlin Wall, as it brings back very fond memories of watching the wall come down whilst in a maternity hospital room with my wife, with son #1 on the way, and thinking to ourselves that what with the Cold War clearly coming to an end, the baby was going to be born into a much safer world. Heigh-ho.

Kritzer provides a nice little time travel story, with a young woman initially reluctant to believe that the woman who occasionally plays her a visit is in fact her future self. As to why her visiting Berlin is so important – all of course is revealed. With a touch of the Time Traveler’s Wife in putting constraints around time travel, and focussing on relationships, it’s a story that works well.

2 thoughts on “Naomi Kritzer. The Wall. (Asimovs, April/May 2013)

  • November 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm
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    I was re-rereading this today.

    I would have liked the sory to continue a little bit longer. It would then stat to get more into the paradoxes.

  • November 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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    I’m not quite clear exactly how many years in the future the older Meg is supposed to be from but I think it is 2016 or later.

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