Strange Horizons, June 14, 2021

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Strange Horizons, June 14, 2021

“Scoria” by Liza Wemakor

Reviewed by Victoria Silverwolf

“Scoria” by Liza Wemakor takes place in a dystopian near future, where those who are considered not to contribute enough to society are banished into the wilderness. The protagonist, a filmmaker, is one such exile. She meets two women in the wilderness. Because she does not have the means to create a film for them, she writes a shadow play instead.

The play itself takes up a major portion of the story. The rest of the narrative is a simple, rather sweet one, in which all the characters learn that life in the wilderness is better than in the repressive city. Readers may find the play-within-the-story opaque, and the rest of the tale minor, if pleasant.

Victoria Silverwolf is writing this review while the floor at her workplace is being cleaned and waxed.