Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Day the World Turned Upside Down, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (author), Lia Velt (translator)

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-day-the-world-turned-upside-down/

So, one day, gravity stops working, and everything not firmly nailed down falls upwards.

Except that the river water stays where it is and continues to flow normally, and this is important later in the story.

There isn't even a handwave at a cause for any of this, neither a fantasy nor a science-fictional reason for it. Our viewpoint character, Toby, is a sad, whiny creature, barely distracted by all this from the awful fact of his girlfriend having dumped him the day before.

The story is competently written, but it's the worst sort of "literary" fictions: Nothing needs to make any sense, and the protagonist is not someone I'm inclined to care about at all, for good or ill. I don't care what happens to him.

"The Day the World Turned Upside Down" was not on either the Sad Puppies or the Rabid Puppies list, and did not initially  make the ballot. It replaced "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," by John C. Wright, after that was declared ineligible due to prior publication.

Not recommended.