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Author Topic: EP616: My Generations Shall Praise  (Read 221 times)
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« on: March 02, 2018, 11:14:24 AM »

Escape Pod 616: My Generations Shall Praise

AUTHOR : Samantha Henderson
NARRATOR : Alethea Kontis
HOST: Divya Breed


The woman on the other side of the glass must be very rich and very sick. I study her face, looking for any kind of resemblance. If I’m a Jarndyce candidate, we must be related. It’s the only way she could ride my brain.

She’s a predator. I recognize my own kind.

Mrs. Helena McGraw is studying me too. The side of her mouth quirks up, twisting her face out of true. “Great-grandmother Toohey,” she says, a little too smug.

Never knew my great-grandmother, but I do a quick calculation. That makes us second cousins. Helena’s lucky, me ripe for picking on death row. Only this low-hanging peach has some say in what’s going to happen to her. Not much: a choice of deaths. But how I choose means everything to her.

Listen to this week’s Escape Pod!
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2018, 04:37:37 PM »

I was not expecting this at all. Underprivileged bodies being a generation ship for a single consciousness over the centuries is a concept that makes me queasy, for sure. I was also fascinated by the the sociopathic protagonist's though processes, her blatant assertion that she didn't love anything, but her nausea and final actions betraying that she does, in her way.

"To understand a cat you must realize that he has his own gifts, his own viewpoint, even his own morality."
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2018, 12:25:40 PM »

I loved this story. Great subtle handling of several moral quandaries. Loved the ending, even if I did see it coming as soon as the MC asked about what would happen if she died before the transfer. Well done.
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