Friday, April 11, 2014

On "Would You Rather" by James Zerndt (4685 words) ***

Swink isn't a place I go to for science fiction, but here it is, a piece of sci-fi residing in a literary magazine. The nation is short on water, and residents spy on one another to ensure that they aren't absconding with more than their share or overusing electricity. Thomas and Dustin are brothers who serve as cops of a sort, checking on those around them. And like most residents, they're hypocrits of a sort. Thomas likes a gal named Jerusha, who he doesn't report for numerous violations for exactly that reason. Thomas and Dustin are the recipients of extra rations, because their parents aren't around, and they haven't reported the surplus. All comes to a head at the end of the story in a way that makes one wonder if any kind of nobility matters at all. Read the story here at Swink.

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