The Myth of Rain

Review of: The Myth of Rain

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On August 10, 2015
Last modified:August 10, 2015


Lightspeed-May-2015Title: The Myth of Rain
Author:  Seanan McGuire
Genre: Science Fiction, dystopia

This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2015 challenge.

Opening sentence:

Female spotted owls have a call that doesn’t sound like it should come from a bird of prey.

Short review: Powerful and growing better by the paragraph

At first I thought oh no, another climate change story (which for me would be preaching to the choir), and it was. However the story grew and became the kind of emotional powerful story I have now come to expect from Uncanny Magazine. Something that punch you in the gut by the end of it.

The story jumps between flashbacks and the present where the main character is tracking through the forest trying to preserve animals. The tone is very pessimistic but at the same time the protagonist persists – which I liked

The stats

Published: May 2015 by Lightspeed Magazine
Read: June 04, 2015
Length: 5083 words, short story
Format: Free online fiction

The author: female, white, USA, queer
The protagonist: female, biologist, activist, able bodied

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