Saturday, November 3, 2018

Review - "Some Zombie Contingency Plans," by Kelly Link (2005)

Introduction:  There is a sort of story which pretends to be about one thing but is actually about something else entirely.  This can be done well -- in which case it's a continuation of the intellectual conversation in the field, making a much-needed connection between subgenres in a genre or even between genres.  An example of doing it well is H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos stories, which posit that ancient myths of gods and devils might actually derive from a poorly-understood history of contact with ultraterrestrial, extraterrestrial and interdimensional alien beings -- and this could be even more glorious and horrible than the way that pre-scientific humans perceived them.
     An example of doing it poorly is -- well, this story.

Massive SPOILERS for Everything In the Story