Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Genevieve Williams' "Kip, Running" (short story, science fiction)

Description of a race of urban kids' gang - no one must buy ticket to reach the destination several miles away; they will ride public transport but without tickets. Kip is the heroine - one of the runners; story is told from her perspective.

Story is set in an overpopulated future city with multiple levels of the city & many kinds of wonderful commuting options. This colorful detail takes space - it might have served as useful background in a larger work, but in a short story it just gets in the way. Not enough space to describe any individual thing, & there is an attempt to describe too many wonders.

Full text of this story is available for download.

Fact sheet.

"Kip, Running", short story, review
First published: Strange Horizons, 10 March 2008.
Rating: C


Dario said...

Sorry, but this is a poor review of an excellent SF short story in a pro-level SF magazine. I can't help but think the reviewer is completely unacquainted with modern Science Fiction.

The 'overpopulated city, by the way, is Seattle... as clearly stated in the story.