Friday, February 13, 2015
Second Arabesque, Very Slowly, by Nancy Kress
Nancy Kress is a first-rate writer, the stories illuminate even rather standard setups very well. Such is the case here. Second Arabesque, Very Slowly is from the Dangerous Women collection, and it's predictable as a post-Apocalypse tale--in this case a population collapse due to an infertility plague. The protagonist is a Nurse, a small tribe's healer. She is getting on in years and knows she can't keep up much longer. In post-Apocalypse worlds life is about survival. But even in desperate survival conditions people want beauty. So it is here. It's heartwarming in its own way, and nice to read, but not really above average. Two stars.