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Monday, July 9, 2012

After the Final Sunset, Again by Jordan Lapp

Writers of the Future XXV

The Phoenix wakes from ashes to a new body. Memories of previous lives fled, she learns that she lives and dies in a day. She follows compulsions to save the lives of other people until she runs into Death. Her fear of Death keeps her from following the compulsion to save other lives. Instead she saves herself, after a bit of ingenuity, surprisingly surviving one day to the next until she makes the ultimate act of life which is also her sacrifice.

Moving tale, examining what it means to be human and alive. Minor logic problems or missing explanations: the Phoenix bathes in liquid nitrogen at her birth when she should be cool; liquid nitrogen would suffocate anything that breathes. But these don’t take away from solid work--a story worth reading.

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