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You Were She Who Abode
— by E. Catherine Tobler, read by Kate Baker —
Our third piece of audio fiction for June is "You Were She Who Abode" written by E. Catherine Tobler and read by Kate Baker.
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Ace Frahm wrote on June 25th, 2012 at 1:24 pm:
I don't see how this is science fiction. Ordinary head injuries can cause fractured memories with no V.E.T. required.
And we have no particular reason to care about the protagonist, nothing to like or dislike at all. Just some ordinary shmuck injured in some kind of unexplained war.
Suzanne Conboy-Hill wrote on June 27th, 2012 at 8:41 am:
I'm not sure I go with that, entirely, but I am puzzled by the VET. I don't really know why something that is implanted in the brain would be titled 'volatile' or why the transistor would be 'emotive' - unless this device actually generates emotions. It led me to wonder whether the acronym had some significance. I realise that VET in the US means veteran of military service, but I couldn't quite integrate that with the story either. So if it didn't have to be a VET for some purpose, it didn't have to be either volatile or emotive either. Hm!
So yes, I think there is some SF here, albeit a bit suspect and contrived (for me), but there's also some elegant writing. The material I'm not too sold on. I need a reason to read about war and damage and harm, and there doesn't seem to be one here.
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ISSUE 69, June 2012
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E. Catherine Tobler is a Sturgeon Award finalist and editor at Shimmer Magazine.
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