Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Last of the O-Forms, by James Van Pelt
The Last of the O-Forms is a nicely depressing tale, one that makes you think about how We Might Be There Soon Enough. It picked up a Nebula nomination for 2003. It's an ecological collapse story, with rather a stronger hint of disaster than in "'Hello' Said the Stick" below. But a good short story has more than one thing going on. In this one, the protagonist has tried to adjust to the change, creating a traveling show out of the mutated creatures he finds. But it's not much of a show when the whole rest of the world starts looking like it. In the end it looks like he finds a new gig, but also looks like it's a further spiral down. One can appreciate his attempt, futile as it is, to adapt. Give it 3 stars, and then go look for some hope.