Sandra McDonald. Story of Our Lives. (Asimovs July 2014)

asimovs201407An excellent story which, in structure, mood and tone, minded me of Ted Chiang’s ‘Story of Your Life’.

A reflective monologue from a 50-something gay man, revisiting his youthful days at his old alma mater, which his nephew, which involves him explaining to the young man his own beginnings.

The fantastical element is his college sweetheart’s amazing knack of reviewing films – before the films are actually made or indeed conceived elsewhere. But this is a minor element, in a story which would stand without those elements. Mind you as a 50-something man spending time these days reflecting on his early days (35 years since I saw Joy Division, now how did that happen??) maybe I’m in tune with the narrator.

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