Caroline M. Yoachim. Five Stages of Grief After the Alien Invasion. (Clarkesworld Magazine #95, August 2014)

clarkesworld95A nice clear title, explaining the conceit of the story. The story is online here.

It’s a tight little story by Yoachim, featuring a husband and wife who have lost their baby due to a terraforming sporefall sent in advance of their arrival by aliens. His sister is a negotiator with the aliens, and a friend of his comes to help out with this wife whose Denial heartbreakingly starts the story.

We then go through Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

It’s a clever way to construct a story, and the characters are well-drawn, and I’m putting Yoachim’s story into the running for the .

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