I was poking about on the internet, ending up on Mars Is through MHI, and I saw a link to “Totaled.” Being a little ADHD in my internet consumption (“browser tabs” was either a great invention or THE WORST, I’m not sure which) I decided I had to go read it RIGHT THEN.
Wow – I gotta say, if you’re going to do tug-on-heartstrings soap opera scifi, that is the way to do it. The human pathos is intimately intertwined with the speculative fictional elements in a way that neither one can be extricated from the other – which is precisely what I want to see out of award-worthy works. Great writing is great, for sure – but a scifi/fantasy award needs to go to a scifi/fantasy work. Not a work with only a limp, meaningless gesture towards scifi/fantasy elements.
I didn’t cry at the end, but my eyes definitely prickled.