Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Itsy Bitsy Spider, by James Patrick Kelly
I've been a bit disappointed by the award nominated stories I've read recently. Some were good, some not so good, no real grabbers. I am much happier now, having read Itsy Bitsy Spider, by James Patrick Kelly. This story manages to combine speculation on future care of the elderly with some serious emotional content, including a very subtle but powerful reorienting of the protagonist's perspective on her father. I was deeply moved and smiling when I finished, and had plenty to think about, which is all one could ask for in a story. Really interesting, and I truly hope you go read it, as it does what speculative fiction can do better than most any other genre--get you far enough out of your normal way of thinking to open you to new possibilities. I'm giving it 5 stars, which I have not done for any other story.