Thursday, August 6, 2015

Charmed and Strange, by Maggie Secara

Unsung Stories, July 2015

http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4f551f928ec12e307c8c2bdb9&id=7a7a1df1de

This is an odd little story.

Callista and Reynaldo are insubstantial energy beings. Callista, at least, used to be an ordinary human being, Reynaldo found her, and chose to introduce her to life as a collection of electrons. In the centuries since, they have alternated: one of them at a time can incorporate into physical form. Only one of them can; there's a catalyst that only one can use at a time.

They don't always agree on whose turn it is.

And they both crave unfamiliar experiences.

The character development here is compact and effective.

I'm not sure I enjoyed it, but it's interesting and different. Recommended.